Everything to do with the founder of Apple is of great interest, but the characteristics of this 1991 letter make him a valuable object of desire.
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An extremely rare letter from Steve Jobs is up for auction and could fetch $ 25,000. It's about the stratospheric job offer that the Apple founder sent to Del Yocam in 1991, offering him the position of President and COO of NeXT Computer Inc.
“Letters signed by Steve Jobs are very rare. We have been in business for over 40 years and this is the first time we've seen it, ”Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, the Boston-based auction house responsible for the bid, told Fox Business.
In the letter, Jobs offers Delbert W. Yocam, among other things, a salary of $ 250,000, 660,000 NeXT common shares and assistance in joining the company's board of directors.
"The signature line says," I will accept this incredibly great offer! "That last sentence became a kind of motto for Jobs for the introduction of the Macintosh," says the RR Auction website.
Image: RR Auctions.
Despite accepting the proposal, Del Yocam did not join the ranks of tech giant NeXT, the company Jobs founded in 1985 after being ousted by Apple over a disagreement with John Sculley, the CEO he appointed.
Although Yocam was Apple's first COO and held other positions from 1979 to 1989, he accepted a senior position at Adobe Systems in the same year of the offering.
Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 when the company bought NeXT for $ 429 million and 1.5 million shares in Apple. The legendary computer entrepreneur died in 2011 at the age of 56.
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In February, RR Auctions auctioned other Jobs-related items, including an original contract he signed for the Apple II PC, an original 1983 MacKintosh 128K computer, a performance bonus memorandum signed by Jobs, and an original Macintosh hoodie for 800 dollars.
Right now, the same auction house is available for a rare Apple I computer signed by the company's co-founder Steve Wozniak. It is estimated that it could sell for more than 400 thousand dollars.
There's also an Apple keyboard signed by Jobs and Wozniak that is estimated to be worth more than $ 30,000, as well as Wozniak rainbow glasses that could sell for around $ 1,000.