1980 Apple II Guide, signed by Steve Jobs, sells for almost $ 800,000 at public sale – CBS Pittsburgh

(CNN) – If you thought Apple computers were expensive, you haven’t seen what their manuals are for.

The Boston-based RR auction on Thursday sold an Apple II manual signed by the company’s late co-founder Steve Jobs for a whopping $ 787,484.

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The 196-page manual for the computer is signed and inscribed next to the table of contents: “Julian, your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world! Steven Jobs, 1980. “

It was also signed by Mike Markkula, an early Apple investor and the company’s second CEO.

The manual was signed when Jobs and Markkula were promoting Apple in the UK, RR Auction said in a statement announcing the sale. The recipient was Julian Brewer, the son of an entrepreneur who worked with Apple to distribute their products in the UK.

“I was sitting in my bedroom writing games on my Apple II when Dad called me over to meet some guests,” Brewer said. “To my amazement, it was Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula. I had the manual with me and it wasn’t until later that I realized how seldom Jobs signed, let alone wrote such an inscription. He got on well with Dad, so I have a feeling the inscription was done with care. “

Launched in 1977, the Apple II was the company’s first successful product and is widely recognized as one of the first mass-market computers. The first computer table, VisiCalc, was written for the Apple II in 1979 and expanded the computer’s popularity in the business market.

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“While the Apple I was primarily intended for the hobbyist, with fewer than 200 units manufactured, the Apple II really ‘changed the world’ by giving around 6 million homes and businesses their first taste of personal computing. The proceeds from Apple II supported Apple’s successful IPO, the largest technology IPO of the time, ”said RR Auction.

Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, accepted the contract for the manual.

“When we think of the greatest and most innovative minds of the last two centuries, Steve Jobs must certainly be one of them,” said Irsay in a statement to the auction house. “Jobs was a truly transformative personality who changed the way people think, do business, and interact on a daily basis.”

RR Auction also sold other items related to Jobs and Apple, including a signed letter from Jobs ironically saying, “I’m afraid I don’t sign autographs.”

It sold for $ 479,939.

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