A Macintosh computer used by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs went up for auction this week with sellers estimating its value at up to $300,000.
The Macintosh SE, which failed to find a buyer at Tuesday’s auction, came to light in 1987 and its hard drive shows that Jobs used it for weekly tasks such as recruiting, travel planning, accessing a private virtual Rolodex, writing documents and meeting schedule. , including a missed meeting with King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales, according to a description from Bonhams auction company.
Jobs, who passed away in 2011, was famous for co-founding Apple Inc. and later became the face of the company.
An earlier auction in the summer saw a buyer buy an authenticated Apple-1 computer prototype used by Jobs in 1976 for nearly $700,000.
The computer up for auction this week was used by Jobs between 1987 and 1993, when he turned it over to the current owner. Jobs’ daughter Lisa, who once had an Apple computer named after her, may also have used this particular computer in the early 1990s when she was visiting her father, according to Bonhams.
Jobs’ old computer was part of Bonhams’ History of Science and Technology auction, which featured physical items of technology as well as documents tied to key moments or people in the history of technology.
The auction was scheduled for Tuesday, but while some pieces have been marked as sold on the website, others, including the Macintosh SE, have yet to find a buyer. It is unknown when these pieces will be able to be auctioned again.
Among those sold are a 1909 letter written by Nikola Tesla, which sold for $24,225, and the Apple II, one of the first personal computers made by Apple, which sold for $35,655.
According to Bonhams, Jobs used the Macintosh SE during an “important” moment in Jobs’ technological development: his time away from Apple.
Before receiving standing ovations at presentations of the latest iPhone model, he was once forced to leave the company amid a power struggle with the company’s board.
After parting ways with Apple in 1985, Jobs formed his own startup called NeXT. In this new company, he used a Macintosh SE for his personal computer for many years, even after NeXT began producing its own computers.
Although the Macintosh SE looks boxy and old-fashioned to the modern eye, at the time it was an exciting piece of technology.
It moved from NeXT’s original office in Palo Alto, California, to Redwood City, California, and was still at Jobs’ desk when the current owner began working with Jobs in 1993.
The auction listed the computer at a value between US$200,000 and US$300,000. Includes the 20 MB hard drive, an additional backup drive, a keyboard, and a mouse.
The hard drive includes traces of Jobs’ life and tasks at the time, including suggestions that his daughter sometimes used the computer. Bonhams’ description states that the InterMail system is registered under Lisa’s name and that Microsoft Word was registered for that computer in 1992 with Lisa/Life.
According to the auction post, the last assignment this specific computer was used for was a marketing project overseen by Jobs in 1994 before it was offered to the current owner.
Apple bought NeXT in 1997, bringing Jobs back to the company. By the year 2000, Jobs was officially CEO of Apple.
Numerous other items in the auction were linked to Jobs, including a business card from when he worked at NeXT (which sold for US$4,080) and a collection of personal items from his office at NeXT, including several magazines and a videotape. of the highlights of a 1990 Jobs presentation (which sold for US$5,100).
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