A job application submitted by Steve Jobs in 1973 has fetched over $174,000 in an auction recently – and judging from the spelling and grammatical errors revealed by the one-page handwritten document, the then-18-year old tech enthusiast was a far cry from the man who would later revolutionize the mobile phone market.

A Willy-Nilly Job Application by Steve Jobs Sold for $174,000

Steve Jobs’ original job application form

Earlier this week, RR Auction released a statement saying that an old job application by the Apple co-founder himself was sold for $174,000 – almost 3 times higher than the estimated value. Although the application did not specify the position Jobs was applying for or the company that was hiring, it did reveal some crucial insight on the tech mogul’s personality that has not been highlighted before.

It seems like Steve Jobs had very little patience for grammatical formalities since the hand-written application read ‘reed college’ (without capital letters) in front of the question which asked which college Jobs’ belonged to. Underneath, another question asked about his mode of transportation to which he responded, “possible but not probable.”

Jobs’ also filled out the form’s ‘special abilities’ section by elaborating on his computer skills – but his response was as vague as it could be, “design engineer or electronics tech. digital.” The only skills that were highlighted in the section were computers and calculators, which didn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Story of a College Drop-out

Steve Jobs, 1975

The application was filled out at a difficult time in Jobs’ life after he had only recently dropped out of the Reed College. Having enrolled in the fall semester of 1972, he had only spent a year and a half in the college before deciding that formal education was not for him.

During his time inside the classroom, Jobs took courses on Shakespeare, dance and calligraphy. It’s evident that the tech mogul’s interests as a teenager were quite different from the career path he finally chose for himself later on in life.

Dropping out of college led Steve to filling out the job application which recently fetched a large fortune in the auction. The price of the document took a huge leap from its value last December after it was sold by the Bonhams for only $18,750. After it was brought to the auction house again, RR Auction estimated its worth to be no more than $50,000. The estimate was wrong and the application sold for a whopping $174,000.

A Bittersweet Moment in the Modern Age of Technology

The executive VP of the RR Auction, Livingston, said that the house was filled with successful entrepreneurs and businessmen who considered Steve Jobs their idol and had grown up admiring his journey as one of the most inspirational icons in the tech industry.

Livingston said that the document resonated with the struggles of the entrepreneurs who wanted to get their hands on the piece of paper which was testament to how Jobs had started from the bottom – and if he could make the leap from being a nobody to one of the most important people in the world, then why can’t anyone else?

Former Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs introducing the iPad 2 during an Apple event on March 2, 2011

The auctioning of the precious document was a bittersweet moment for Livingston who admitted that with the technological advancements, people are forgetting the sentimental value of hand-written documents and letters like the one written by Steve Jobs. Ironically, it is due to the tech mogul’s own work that has moved us into the digital age that we live in.

Had Steve Jobs filled out the application now with the popular writing and autocorrecting software, some of his crucial personality traits like the spelling and punctuation errors would have never been revealed to the rest of the world.

Most Expensive Steve Jobs-Related Item Ever Sold

The document continues to be the most expensive artifact belonging to Steve Jobs sold by the auction house till date. Other Jobs and Apple related items were also sold in the auction which ran for entire week during the beginning of March, 2018. Another expensive artifact sold for $42,000 was a technical manual for Mac OS signed by Steve Jobs himself. Other personal items such as grooming kits, clothing articles, bathrobes and books were also sold in the auction.

The winner of the application was a London-based entrepreneur who chose to stay anonymous.

Would you ever be willing to pay such a hefty price for an item belonging to someone you idolize?

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