Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ handwritten job application dating back to 1973 is available for purchase. Bidders have the option of purchasing either the original document (or an NFT) version.
An NFT is a digital collectible and unique digital asset. In 2021, the Ethereum blockchain will be used to mint Jobs’ digital counterpart.
After he had dropped out from Reed College, Jobs wrote the application. This was three years before Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple (1976). He had been a technician at Atari when he met Wozniak.
His application stated that he was interested in positions as an engineer or in electronics technology. He also stated that he has experience with computers and calculators.
The auction is being organized by Olly Joshi, a London-based entrepreneur. According to the website, it will be selling Jobs’ original application and the NFT in order to determine which item is worth more. This allows the owner to make more from one collectible and keep the other.
The physical version sold for $32,000 while the NFT sold for around $1,036 as at July 23. In March 2021, $224,750 was the highest-selling price.
The auctioneer wants to determine if the digital vs physical auction will create a new market or just keep things as they are. Or if there will be a stalemate, a status-quo, or both.