Two versions of a rare job application filled out by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs went up for auction this week. The physical paper version of the document sold for a much higher bid than an accompanying digital copy that was sold as a non-fungible token (NFT).
The document, a job application filled out in longhand by Jobs in 1973, went for the equivalent of $343,000 in cryptocurrency Ethereum on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the NFT sold for about $23,000. Those final sales figures are from a website maintained by auction organizer Olly Joshi. Snoofa was used to list the physical application and Rarible hosted the NFT.
“The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction aims to highlight the modern shift in perceived value — the physical or the digital,” Joshi said in a statement to CNET.
On the actual physical application, which was filled out by Jobs in 1973 just after he dropped out of Reed College, Jobs lists “english lit” as his major and Reed College as his address. He lists “Computer” and “Calculator” as skills, along with “Design” and “Tech,” and says that he has special abilities that include “Electronics” and digital “Tech or Design Engineer.”
The company he was applying to remains a mystery. However, Jobs joined Atari as a technician a year later. Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976.
This piece of Apple memorabilia has been auctioned off in the past, once in 2018 and then again earlier this year.