Steve Jobs' leather jacket leads sale of Apple founder's memorabilia
Apple collectors will be left-clicking with joy later this month, as a host of Steve Jobs memorabilia hits the auction block in Beverly Hills.
An upcoming sale at Julien's will offer a large selection of the Apple founder's personal items, which have become highly popular with collectors since his death in 2011.
The sale features a large collection of items from Jobs' wardrobe, circa the late 1980s/early 1990s, including shirts by Armani, Versace and Ralph Lauren, along with neck ties, bow ties, company T-shirts and even his old bathrobe.
The leading highlight is Jobs' brown leather bomber jacket, which he wore in an infamous 1983 photograph in front of the IBM offices in New York.
Having visited the Big Apple to speak to Newsweek about the upcoming launch of the Apple Mac, Jobs was pictured flipping the bird to his business rival – signalling the battle that was about to take place in the home computer market.
The jacket comes with an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000, but based on past sales of similar items, could soar far higher.
Further items with the potential to exceed their estimates include Jobs' black Seiko watch, valued at $1,000 - $2,000; his Baume & Mercier gold watch, estimated at $400 - $600; his personally owned Sony portable CD player, priced at $2,000 - $400; and his black wallet, complete with his NeXT Computers I.D badge, estimated at $1,000 - $2,000.
Earlier this year his 1980s Seiko wristwatch, worn in an iconic photo shoot to launch the Apple Mac in 1984, smashed its estimate to sell at Heritage Auctions for $42,500, followed by his black turtleneck featuring the NeXT Computers logo which fetched $7,500.
Previous sales have also included a selection of three of his personal business cards, from his times at Apple, Pixar and NeXT, which raised a combined $10,050 in a school charity auction in California.
The Julien's Icons & Idols sale takes place in Los Angeles on September 23.
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