More Steve Jobs memorabilia is up for auction, and this time it’s a hand-written note from the late Apple co-founder’s days at Atari.
Sotheby’s has listed a four-page, handwritten manuscript from Jobs that he wrote in 1974 for his then-supervisor Stephen Bristow. The auction house expects that it could bring in between $10,000-$15,000.
According to Sotheby’s, Jobs details a way “to improve the functionality and fun of World Cup, a coin arcade-game with four simple buttons and an evolution from Atari’s Pong game.” That includes circuit diagrams, as well as designs for paddles and alignment of players defending a soccer goal.
Jobs stamped the report with “All-One Farm Design,” which Sotheby’s noted was “a name appropriated from the commune he frequented at the time, and the address of the Jobs family in Los Altos.” Jobs also included a Buddhist mantra – gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl.
The auction is scheduled for June 15 at 10 a.m.
Jobs worked nights at Atari in the 1970s, isolated from other employees who found him to be less than the ideal co-worker. As Sotheby’s noted, Jobs frequently referred to colleagues as “dumb s**ts.” Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson wrote that Jobs appreciated the simplicity of Atari technology, which he took with him to Apple.
In November 2010, a bidder paid $213,600 for an Apple-1, the first device produced by Jobs and Steve Wozniak, at Christie’s in London. The Apple-1 originally cost $666.66; in total, the buyer paid $741.66 for it more than 30 years ago.
In December, a three-page contract that established Apple Computer Co. was sold for a whopping $1.59 million at a Sotheby’s auction.
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