Lot #8029
Apple and Microsoft (2) Polo Shirts

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Two short-sleeve Apple-affiliated polo shirts, both size large, including: a blue shirt embroidered in white on the chest, "Microsoft: Macintosh Applications Team"; and a black shirt with blue trim, embroidered on the chest, "Apple Worldwide Developers Conference." In overall very good to fine condition, with general wear.

The Microsoft shirt is especially interesting: at the time of the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, Microsoft was its biggest third-party developer. Bill Gates was so impressed with the operating system—especially the novelty and user-friendliness of the GUI—that he convinced Apple to license the use of Macintosh features in Windows 1.0 and all future Microsoft software programs. Apple would bring a famous lawsuit against Microsoft in March 1988, in which courts found that any allegations of copyright infringement by Apple were covered by the existing license. By the time all related appeals and petitions came to an end in 1995, Microsoft had grown into a personal computing behemoth, and Apple teetered on the brink of collapse.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Revolution
  • Dates: #660 - Ended March 16, 2023