The idea is that by somehow owning something from Steve Jobs’ history some of his evil genius will rub off on you. If you just touch something with his signature on it, you will outsource your US work to China, or organise illegal cartels to force your customers to pay you more,
A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder’s aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month.
With an estimated value of $50,000, the one-page application from 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, lists his name as Steven jobs and address as “reed college”, the Oregon college he attended. Briefly, Boston auction house RR Auction said.
Under a section titled Special Abilities, Jobs wrote “tech or design engineer. Digital from Bay near Hewitt-Packard”.
The letter does not say what job Jobs wanted. It was three years before he founded Apple, initially selling computers which caught fire before moving into communications toys for rich kids with more money than sense.
Though Jobs responded in the form that he had a driver’s licence, he said his access to transportation was “possible, but not probable”. Next, to “Phone”, he wrote “none”.
The document will be part of a pop culture sale by RR Auction that will take place between 8-15 March.
Two other Jobs items will appear in the same auction – a Mac OS X technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001, valued at $25,000, and a signed 2008 newspaper clipping, valued at $15,000, with a photo of Jobs and a headline that reads “New, faster iPhone will sell for $199”.
To put these prices into some perspective, the same auction has an original fingerprint card from Jimi Hendrix’s 1969 arrest in Toronto on drug charges, signed by the late rock musician, which is valued at $15,000.
For what it is worth I still maintain that no one will remember Steve Jobs in 50 years, so the value of these religious icons is not likely to stay at this level.