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Lot #7008
Steve Jobs's Personally-Owned and -Worn Leather Bomber Jacket

Steve Jobs's bomber jacket, worn in the iconic 1983 'middle finger to IBM' photo

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Steve Jobs's bomber jacket, worn in the iconic 1983 'middle finger to IBM' photo

Steve Jobs's personally-owned and -worn dark brown leather bomber jacket, made by Wilkes Bashford of San Francisco, famously seen in an iconic 1983 photograph of Jobs flipping the bird to an IBM sign in New York City. The zip-up jacket features a black shearling collar, white shearling lining, and two snap-down pouch pockets on the front. In fine condition, with general wear from use.

The famous image of Jobs surfaced in 2011, when it was posted online by Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh development team. He recalled: 'In December 1983, a few weeks before the Mac launch, we made a quick trip to New York City to meet with Newsweek, who was considering doing a cover story on the Mac. The photo was taken spontaneously as we walked around Manhattan by Jean Pigozzi, a wild French jet setter who was hanging out with us at the time.'

Provenance: From the caretakers of the Jackling House (1984-1990), Julien's Auctions, September 23, 2016. Steve Jobs purchased Jackling House—a historic estate in Woodside, California—in 1984, and he resided there for a decade.

Link to cult of mac story about the photo of Steve Jobs wearing the jacket.

Auction Info

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