Lot #6003
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak Signed 'Battleship' Keyboard

Apple keyboard signed in-person by Jobs and Woz—the only known Apple device signed by both Steves!
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Apple keyboard signed in-person by Jobs and Woz—the only known Apple device signed by both Steves!

Remarkable original Apple Extended Keyboard (Model No. M0115, Serial No. 470951), signed on the bottom in black felt tip, "Steve Jobs" and "Woz." The signatures were obtained in-person by tech venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson: Steve Wozniak signed this keyboard for him on the Stanford campus in 1989, and Steve Jobs signed it at Jurvetson's home in 1994 while speaking to students in the Stanford Graduate School of Business's High Tech Club. In fine condition.

Jurvetson relates the story of Jobs signing: "Back when I was a b-school student, I had Steve Jobs over for a fireside chat to the 'High-Tech Club' that I ran at the time. When I asked my childhood hero if he would sign my Apple Extended keyboard, he looked a little surprised to see Woz’s signature already there, and then he exclaimed, 'This keyboard represents everything about Apple that I hate. It’s a battleship. Why does it have all these keys? Do you use this F1 key? No.' And with his car keys he pried it right off. He did this for each of the keys. Alan Deutschman reported the moment in his book, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, culminating in Jobs' comment: 'I’m changing the world, one keyboard at a time.' He signed the keyboard. I found the function keys the next day on the fireplace mantle (he had left them quietly behind), and I put them back on the keyboard."

This story was also shared in Evelyn M. Rusli's New York Times piece, 'What I Learned From Steve Jobs,' in 2011, and as part of a Jobs obituary written by Jurvetson and published in Businessweek. When Jurvetson shared the story with Steve Wozniak, he responded to Jobs's comment, 'This keyboard represents everything about Apple that I hate,' saying: "I hope he didn't include me in that comment! There was plenty to hate about that keyboard though. You may well have the only Apple device with both our signatures on it." Accompanied by a detailed, signed letter of provenance from Jurvetson.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Steve Jobs + Apple
  • Dates: #598 - Ended December 17, 2020

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