Highly Collectible: Steve Jobs’ Autograph
The Elusive Steve Jobs’ Autograph
Steve Jobs didn’t like to sign autographs. He felt that signing implied that he was taking all of the credit for Apple or a specific product. There’s a famous video you can find on YouTube which shows Jobs refusing to sign an autograph for a man in a wheelchair. The man persists and Jobs eventually relents. Even while he was alive Steve Jobs’ autograph was rare and valuable because he so rarely signed.
How much is Steve Jobs’ Autograph worth?
Steve Jobs’ autograph has sold at auction for as much as $1.6 million if you count the Apple Founding Document which sold at auction in 2015. Another legal agreement Jobs signed documenting a business venture with a college friend sold for $40,000. A UPS return form he signed along with a pen, a business card and a name badge sold for $16,000. There aren’t a lot of auction records because his autograph so seldom comes up for sale; which is good news if you happen to have a Steve Jobs’ autograph.
Other Valuable Autographs of Inventor-Entrepreneurs
While possibly the most expensive, Steve Jobs’ autograph isn’t the only valuable businessperson or entrepreneurs’ autograph. Nate D. Sanders Auctions has auctioned the signatures of P.T. Barnum, Eli Whitney, Joseph Pulitzer, Ray Kroc, Sam Walton, Richard Gatling, Robert Ripley, George Pullman, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Edsel B. Ford, William Randolph Hearst, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Charles Lewis Tiffany, Frank W. Woolworth, Howard Hughes, John D. Rockefeller, Louis Chevrolet, Adolphus Busch, Thomas Edison, Samuel Colt, John Gotti, Alexander Graham Bell, John DeLorean, Henry Wells and William Fargo, Hugh Hefner, Leland Stanford, Walter Chrysler, Sir Thomas Lipton, Ransom E. Olds, Charles Goodyear, B.C. Forbes, Carlo Gambino, John Ringling, J. Paul Getty, Harvey Firestone, Conrad Hilton, and many others.
This is an autograph letter signed by Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.
Eli Whitney Autograph Letter Signed
Eli Whitney autograph letter signed. Letter by the inventor of the cotton gin is datelined New Haven, 4 May 1818 and written to the second auditor of the Treasury Department, William Lee. Denied a renewal on his cotton gin patent, Whitney changes careers and goes into the manufacture of firearms. Letter reads, ”Sir: I have this day received your favor of the 28th ult and also from the treasurer of the U. States a remittance of six thousand dollars or on acct of my contract for manufacturing arms and am / Respectfully your very obedient servant Eli Whitney”. Single-page letter measures 8” x 9.75”. Creasing with toning to creases and tape repairs to verso upon separated folds, else near fine. Sold for $4,375.