Steve Jobs' 1974 Atari Manuscript Will Be Auctioned On June 15th
There’s no doubt in the fact that Steve Jobs was one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. Steve Jobs’ death not only shook the tech industry but everyone. Soon after the death of Steve Jobs in October last year we saw many rare things which were somehow related to Jobs’ in auctions. Today, we found something extraordinary which is going on auction in June. Sotheby’s is auctioning rare 4 page manuscript from Steve Jobs which he wrote for Atari in 1974 on Instructions for Converting World Cup PC Boards. Yes, he worked at Atari.
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Jobs, Steve. Instructions for Converting World Cup PC Boards. Los Gatos, CA: Atari Inc., ca. 1974. 4 pages (11 x 8 1/2 in.; 280 mm x 216 mm), typed manuscript on Atari embossed letterhead, includes 3 original circuit diagrams in pencil by Jobs. With 1 pg ANS on lined paper in black pen, signed ”Steve Job”s, providing additional designs for the paddles and alignment of players defending a soccer goal. 1 page being an addendum to the printed report.
These instructions are hand written by Steve Jobs himself. This manuscript by Steve Jobs will be auctioned on June 15th, Sotheby’s estimated price for these manuscripts is nearly $10,000 to $15,000.
Before Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Inc. Jobs worked on different projects. We get a glimpse of Jobs’ “before Apple Inc.” life in his biography by Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs also worked for Atari in 1974 as technician but he left Atari before leaving for his trip to India. Atari hired Jobs again in 1974 when he returned from India and gave him a very special task to create circuit board for one of Atari’s games. According to Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine. As Steve Jobs was not good at circuitry at that time he made a deal with Steve Wozniak on 50-50 sharing basis. Steve didn’t pay Wozniak as per deal, which Wozniak figured out a decade later.
Sotheby’s is also putting up Apple Computer I for auction, estimated price of Apple Computer I is $120,000 to $180,000.
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