Lot #7010
Steve Jobs Personally Worn NeXT 'Wingz World Tour 1989' Demo Jacket

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Estimate: $600+

Description

Wingz ‘World Tour ‘89’ jacket personally worn by Steve Jobs during a NeXT and Wingz software presentation at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California, in late 1989. The black nylon jacket, size large, with polyester lining, front zipper, side pockets, and knit cuffs and waistband, features the embroidered “Wingz World Tour ‘89” logo to the left chest and back. Inner collar retains the original Aristo Jac manufacturer’s tag. In fine condition.

Accompanied by a signed and notarized affidavit of fact from the jacket’s original owner: “In the late 1980s and early 1990s I worked for Informix Software in Menlo Park, California, where I was the Senior Product Manager for a software product called Wingz for NeXT. NeXT was founded by Steve Jobs in 1985 after his departure from Apple.

In my capacity as Senior Product Manager, I worked directly with Steve Jobs and the team developing the NeXT workstation. My experience working with Steve Jobs was included in an article by FastCompany titled ‘The First Time I Met Steve Jobs’ and published in October 2011. The article can be found on the FastCompany website at www.bit.ly/jobslucas and includes a photo of Steve and I.

In 1989, jackets were made for the Wingz development team at Informix, as it was common practice to produce items such as t-shirts or other apparel to build team morale. It is my recollection that seven jackets were made. One was given to the CEO of Informix. The remaining six jackets were given to the dev team members, including myself.

In late 1989, Steve and I appeared on stage together at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where we demonstrated Wingz software running on the NeXT workstation. At a photo op prior to the event, Steve and the CEO of Informix appeared together. The Informix CEO had his Wingz jacket on and the PR team requested Steve wear one in the photos as well. I gave my jacket to Steve and he wore it for the photographs. After the photos were taken, Steve handed the jacket back to me and I wore it on stage for the event. It has remained in my possession ever since."

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Apple and Steve Jobs
  • Dates: #615 - Ended August 19, 2021