Remember our earlier story concerning Apple’s founding documents being put up for auction at Sotheby’s? Well, it seems that a few sheets of paper that hail from the 1976 era is worth $1.59 million in someone’s eyes – all three pages of it. A phone bidder picked up the historical document which saw the signatures of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne signed back in April 1, 1976, with the price including the buyer’s premium. This is over 1,000% of the original estimated presale range of $100,000 to $150,000.
The contract was owned by Wayne originally, where he met with Jobs while working at Atari. As for Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ friend, he was working at Hewlett-Packard then, where Jobs then roped in Wayne to persuade Wozniak to join Apple. Doing so netted Wayne a 10% share in Apple, and a mere 11 days after signing the contract, Wayne withdrew as a partner for $800 in compensation – which could have been worth $36 billion in this day and age.
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