A check from Apple Computer Company filled out and signed by company co-founder Steve Jobs recently was sold for $106,985 at an auction organized by RR Auction.
Boston-based RR Auction is known for finding and selling historic artifacts, autographs and manuscripts. A check signed by Jobs was issued in July 1976 for $175 to Crampton, Remke & Miller. This now-defunct management consulting firm provided services to other major technology companies of the time, including Atari and Xerox.
The check signed by Jobs was expected to fetch a final bid of $25,000, but the result exceeded the auction’s expectations.
The check signed by Jobs is of historical significance because it shows the first ever registered address of Apple – 770 Welch Rd, Ste. 154, Palo Alto. It was the address of a postal service in Palo Alto that also provided answering service. Jobs and Wozniak used this address until 1977, when Apple established its headquarters in Cupertino, California.
Steve Jobs and his high school friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976, two years after Jobs left his job as a video game designer. Contrary to popular belief, Wozniak explained in 2014 that they mostly worked from home rather than in Jobs’ family garage.
This isn’t the first time Apple’s early checks have generated significant interest. In 2022, another check was sold at an auction, signed by both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, for an impressive $164,000.