A handwritten note from a 19-year-old Steve Jobs is hitting Sotheby’s auction block, and it is estimated to sell for somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 USD. The note, written by Jobs while working at Atari, is an addendum to a report sent to Stephen Bristow regarding some “wire changes” in the “paddles” section of his report.
Here’s how Sotheby’s is describing the contents of the auction:[quote]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[/quote]
Interesting? Yes. Worth 10-15,000 USD? Probably not. It’s a page from a report from a notebook. It’s hardly a historical document. We’d like to ask anyone who’s considering the purchase of this fine document to donate the money to a charity like Child’s Play instead. Those kids could use the extra cash.