Apple guru Steve Jobs’ first ever job application up for auction, IRL and in NFT


teve Jobs‘ first job application will go under the hammer from today in a world-first auction that will see the typewritten paper document sold at the same time – and with the same starting price – as a digital-only version.

The Apple co-founder, who died of cancer aged 56 in 2011, filled in the application for an unknown role in 1973, a year before he joined video game startup Atari, where he met fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The job application is a window to a pivotal moment in time that impacted the way in which we now globally communicate and connect.

Jobs lists his early interests and skills within the form, noting experience with computers, calculators, design and electronics tech.

He goes on to state he, ironically, had no phone and that — while he possessed a driver’s license — access to transportation was ‘possible, but not probable’.

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Young entrepreneur Olly Joshi bought the application form with a group of like-minded associates for £204,000 at an auction held by Charterfields four months ago.

Now Joshi is selling the form alongside its non-fungible token (NFT). An NFT is a unique digital asset representing a real-world object that is minted on blockchain, which guarantees its authenticity. The buyer owns the original digital asset, and proof of its authenticity is built into the NFT’s code.

NFTs are traded online, frequently with cryptocurrency, recently rising in popularity as a way to trade digital artwork. They are typically held on the Ethereum blockchain.