Rare Steve Jobs signed NeXT Expo poster could fetch $20,000

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2017-02-28 15:18:41

A rare poster signed by Apple founder Steve Jobs could fetch up to $20,000 in a sale of autographs and historic documents next week.

Steve Jobs famously founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976, building the company's first Apple-1 computers by hand in his parents' garage in Paolo Aalto, California.

The model began a home computing revolution, which took a further step forward in 1984 with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh.

However, Jobs was forced from the company he established during an internal power struggle in 1985, and he left to start NeXT Inc., a computer and software company aimed at the markets of business and higher education.

(Image: RR Auction)

(Image: RR Auction)

Although the company's computers saw little success, its operating system software was hugely influential and in 1997 the company was purchased by Apple Inc. for $429 million, in a deal which saw Jobs return as chief executive.

Over the course of the next decade, Apple released products such as the iMac, iPod and iPhone, established the iTunes music store and became the world's most valuable companies.

Following his death in 2011, the market for Steve Jobs autographs and memorabilia has risen sharply.

Recent sales have included his Seiko wristwatch, which sold in 2016 $42,500, along with his leather bomber jacket which fetched $22,400 and his NeXT company ID badge which realized more than $8,000.

The poster offered at RR Auction dates from the inaugural NeXTWORLD Expo, held at San Francisco's Civic Auditorium and Brooks Hall on January 22–24, 1992.

Jobs attended as the keynote speaker, and signed this poster for a Cannon USA employee who was demonstrating NeXT computers in a booth at the show.

With genuine Steve Jobs signatures proving harder to find, the sale offers a great opportunity to acquire a piece from a man who helped shape the technological world we live in today.

The RR Auction Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale runs online until March 8.

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