You can own a piece of Apple history. Just be aware that it will cost you a small fortune. The first Apple Stock certificate awarded to none other than co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has now gone on sale for $195,000.
That’s an expensive piece of paper, even if it does have a lot of history attached to it.
This certificate was the first of its kind awarded to Steve Jobs. It was later recovered from a pile of trash and is now being sold by a rare documents dealer. The 1981 date that’s perforated in the document shows that this certificate was awarded to Steve Jobs soon after Apple went public in 1980. Here’s the story:
This stock certificate is said to have hung on Jobs’ office wall until 1985 when he was forced out of the company by the board. After he was removed, then Apple CEO John Sculley had Jobs’ office cleared of all items and the stock certificate ended up in the trash. An employee apparently recovered it from the trash and kept it for 31 years. The employee that’s selling this has provided a notarized letter which attests to the authenticity. Apple fans with a lot of money will want to check it out. Hopefully it is authentic.