What you need to know
- THAT infamous Steve Jobs job application letter is back up for auction.
- Having already sold three times for crazy sums, it's now up for auction again.
- The physical letter and an NFT version will be auctioned side-by-side.
Update, July 28 (6:15 pm ET): The auction has closed on both the physical and digital version of the Steve Jobs application letter.
A year before Steve Jobs joined Atari and a long time before Apple was founded, a now-famous job application was penned by the man himself. That application most recently sold for more than $200,000 — and it's up for auction again. Oh, and there's an NFT version as well!
I'm told that both the NFT and physical versions of the application will be auctioned side-by-side and there's even a special website for the occasion — stevejobsapplication.com. The only question? Which will sell for the most money?
Will the NFT sell at all?!
The auctions are being handled by Rarible on the NFT side and Snoofa over in the physical world. The whole thing will run for six days from today, while the auction kicks off at what I like to call "iPhone time" — 09:41.
So what happens now? Well, we wait to see how much money someone will part with to get hold of a piece of paper. Or in the NFT's case, not even that!
Update, June 16 (9:40 pm ET): T-Mobile issues apology for outage, claims it came from a circuit failure that cascaded.
Update, July 28 (6:15 pm ET) — The auction has closed on both the physical and digital version of the Steve Jobs application letter.
The auction for Steve Job's application letter has ended. The physical letter has sold for $343,000 and the NFT version of the letter has sold for 12 ETH (the current equivalent of $27,643.80.
The purpose of the auction was to see if a physical letter or NFT would be more valuable. Now that the auction is over, it is easy to see that physical has dominated the digital in terms of value.
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