Mac floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs sells for a mind boggling $84,115

Macintosh floppy disk
Macintosh floppy disk (Image credit: RR Auction)

What you need to know

  • A Mac floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs sold for more than $80,000.
  • It was expected to fetch around $7,500.
  • It's cool, but who spends $80,000 on a floppy disk?

A floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs has sold at auction for an amazing $84,115. The biddding started at just $1,000 and the item was expected to sell for around $7,500. As it turns out, that was a bit on the pessimistic side.

The disk was confirmed as authentic and was clearly highly sought after. The item description notes that Jobs didn't often put his signature to memorabilia, making this a particularly rare find.

Macintosh System Tools Version 6.0 floppy disk, signed in black felt tip, "steve jobs." In fine condition, with slight brushing to the ink. A hugely desirable format for Jobs's seldom-seen autograph—known as a reluctant signer, he often declined to comply with the requests of collectors. As a piece of Apple's iconic Mac OS software, boasting Jobs's elegantly stylish lowercase signature, this is a museum-quality piece of computing history.

The thought of spending this kind of money on a floppy disk is mind boggling to me, but then again if I had that kind of disposable income I'd probably have wanted to pick this thing up, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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