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Steve Jobs job application sells for $174,757

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A job application filled out by Steve Jobs sold for $174,757 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The questionnaire filled out in 1973 and signed by 18-yr-old Steve Jobs reveals his early aspiration to work in the fledgling tech industry that he would one day revolutionize,

Jobs fills out the one-page document with his name, "Steven jobs"; address, "reed college"; phone, "none"; and major, "english lit." 

In the middle section, he writes "yes" in response to 'Driver's License?' and "possible, but not probable," in reply to 'Access to transportation?' Concerning his skills, next to 'Computer' and 'Calculator,' he writes, "yes (design, tech)." At the bottom, he describes his 'Special Abilities' as "electronics tech or design engineer. digital.—from Bay near Hewitt-Packard [sic]."

Jobs enrolled at Reed College for the fall semester in 1972 but dropped out after just six months to preserve his parents’ meager funds. However, he hung around campus for a year and a half to audit creative courses, including classes on Shakespeare, dance, and calligraphy—these would help to shape his artistic worldview that influenced the innovation of the Macintosh computer. 

In 1974, Jobs put his technical skills to work and secured a job as a technician at Atari, heavily relying on the help of Steve Wozniak.In 1976, Jobs and Wozniak set out on their own and founded Apple, introducing the personal computer to the masses. 

"Steve Job's and Apple encouraged each of us to 'Think Different,' and even today several years after his untimely passing it's still difficult to think of anyone more iconic, or influential who has had such profound impact on our everyday modern lives," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. ”There are many collectors who have earned disposable income over the last few decades using Apple technology, and we expect similarly strong results on related material in the future as well." 

The winning bidder was an internet entrepreneur from London who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Apple Mac OS X technical manual signed by Steve Jobs in 2001 sold for $41,806. 

Bob Marley and the Wailers signed 1976 poster sold for $30,979. 

Andy Warhol signed original 'Cow' screen-print on Kellogg's cereal box sold $28,553. 

Steve Jobs signed newspaper clipping from, 2008, featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference sold for $26,950. 

Phil Collins handwritten lyrics for 'Another Day in Paradise' sold for $16,541. 

The Doors fully band-signed vintage glossy panoramic photograph sold for  $14,804.

The Pop Culture auction from RR Auction began on March 8 and concluded on March 15.  More details can be found online at

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