1973 Job Application of Steve Jobs Sold at Auction for Over $174K

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The job application written by 18-year-old Steve Jobs has recently sold for $174,757, announced auction house RR Auction. An England-based Internet entrepreneur has reportedly won the bid but chose not to be publicly named.

The one-page application to an unspecified company indicated that it was filled out in 1973. It also reveals that the young Jobs already provided a window into how he saw himself. Jobs wrote that he was an English literature major from the Reed College.

His story now tells us that he dropped out from Reed after only a semester in 1972 although he continued staying with his friends on the campus in 1973, eventually completing the auctioned application. He stayed on the campus to learn about calligraphy, Shakespeare, and dance.

The tech mogul also indicated in his job application that he has experience with both calculators and computers. Under “special abilities” section, he wrote “electronics tech or design engineer. Digital - from Bay near Hewitt-Packard” -- misspelling today's IT company, Hewlett-Packard. 

RR Auction’s executive vice president Bobby Livingston said that those who bid the application form included successful internet company owners and entrepreneurs who grew up inspired by Apple and Steve Jobs. Livingston said that the document emotionally resonates about who Jobs was “with nothing” and became “one of the most important people in the 20th century.”