Steve Jobs’s Wristwatch Sells for $42,500 (!!!) at Auction

Long before there was the Apple Watch, Steve Jobs wore a Seiko in the 80’s until its band was almost worn out.

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And today, that watch, which can be seen in some of his most iconic photos around the 1984 launch of the Macintosh, fetched $42,500 at an entertainment-theme auction hosted by Heritage Auctions in Dallas Texas — the final amount far surpassed the original estimates, which was expected draw somewhere in the $1000 range.

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The has been in possession by Job’s house manager Mark Sheff. Per the description: “Steve Jobs Seiko Wristwatch, Circa 1980s. White face, Arabic numeral dials, black metal bezel, back stamped “Seiko / BCRP St. Steel Back / 6431-6030 / Japan J / 340521,” black leather watch band; consigned directly by Mark Sheff, Jobs’ longtime house manager; included with a ‘Letter of Authenticity’ from Sheff attesting to the provenance.”

In addition to the watch, a well-worn pair of Jobs’s Birkenstocks were won for the relative bargain price of $2,750.

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A tiny collection of ephemera (a pen, a couple of NeXT business cards, a cancelled return receipt from the IRS) was purchased for $16,250.

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And a NeXT turtleneck went for $7,500.

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For comparison, a batch of *signed* Marilyn Monroe snapshots went for under $4,000 each. mm

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