In 1973, Apple founder Steve Jobs applied for a job. We don’t know what job he was trying to get, and the application gives very few clues: it’s just a yellowed bit of paper with very little actual content. But in 2017 this humble record of a minor event in the Apple founder’s life was sold at auction for $18,750 (roughly £13,650), and it was sold again the year after for almost ten times as much.
Now the document is up for auction once again, but this time with a modern twist, reports
Cnet. Current owner Olly Joshi is holding two auctions simultaneously: a traditional one for the physical document itself (for which bidding stands at $32,400 at time of writing), and an auction of a digital NFT of the document (currently 0.5 Ethereum, or roughly $1,026) at the
Rarible trading venue.
Joshi says he wants to test how the market’s perception of value has changed.
NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) are a bizarre case study for economists: despite being essentially cryptographically protected receipts with a link to an image that anyone can access, they have been sold for breathtaking sums. In March, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sold his first tweet as an NFT
auctions run until Wednesday next week.
This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation and additional reporting by David Price.