At 19, after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College, he took a job as a designer at the gaming company, Atari. Working nights because he refused to bathe, he wrote a memo to his boss about improving the functionality of a program called “World Cup.” Sotheby’s will offer the memo at its Fine Books & Manuscripts auction on June 15 in New York, where it’s expected to sell for $10,000-$15,000.
Another item likely to draw the attention of technology mavens is a working Apple 1 computer motherboard. Produced in 1976, it comes with Apple 1 cassette interface, and operating manual. Only some 50 Apple 1’s, built by Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs’ parent’s garage, are believed to exist, of which just 6 are operational. This one carries an estimate of $120,000-$150,000.