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An extraordinary piece of Apple history is hitting the auction block, and collectors are eagerly eyeing a check signed by none other than Steve Jobs. The check, written to RadioShack in 1976 for a modest $4.01, is generating significant buzz as it is expected to fetch over $25,000. As part of RR Auctions‘ Fine Autograph and Artifacts featuring Science and Technology sale, this unique artifact offers a glimpse into the early days of Apple.
Dated July 23, 1976, the check originates from the Apple Computer Company’s account and features the first official address of the company in Palo Alto. The payment to RadioShack, while its purpose remains a mystery, provides a fascinating link to Apple’s history and its early interactions with retailers.
The check sheds light on the dynamic between Apple’s co-founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Notably, Wozniak used a TRS-80 Micro Computer System purchased from RadioShack to develop his “blue box,” enabling free long-distance calls. During the initial stages of their partnership, Jobs and Wozniak crafted and sold approximately 200 of these boxes, each fetching around $150.
As of now, the bidding for this historic piece has reached $22,444 with 21 bids, surpassing its estimated value of $25,000. Given the precedent set by a similar auction in May, where another Apple check signed by Jobs sold for an astonishing $106,985, expectations are high for this unique artifact.
In addition to the iconic check, the auction features other Apple memorabilia, including a sealed first-gen iPhone and a signed replica of the Apple-1 board, adding to the allure for tech enthusiasts and collectors alike.
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