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Steve Jobs $4.01 check to RadioShack sold for $46,063 at auction

A check signed by Steve Jobs (Courtesy: RR Auction)

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Steve Jobs went shopping at RadioShack in 1976, spending a whopping $4.01 via a signed check — and that check has blown away expectations, hitting $46,063 at auction.

RR Auction held its Fine Autograph and Artifacts auction from November 17 to December 6. It featured a Science and Technology sale with a signed check from Steve Jobs.

The check was expected to fetch around $25,000, but ended up closing at $46,063. The check was written for $4.01 for a purchase at RadioShack on July 23, 1976.

RadioShack played an important part in the pre-Apple days, as co-founder Steve Wozniak bought the TRS-80 Micro Computer System at the retailer, which he then used to build his "blue box" to make long-distance calls for free. In the early days of the partnership between Wozniak and Jobs, the pair made and sold around 200 of the boxes for about $150 apiece.

The check was written just four months after Apple was founded, showing how RadioShack remained an important resource even as Apple began.

In May, another auction for an Apple check signed by Jobs from July 1976 also went up for auction. However, that check to pay Crampton, Remke, and Miller, Inc $175 eventually sold for $106,985.

Apple memorabilia constantly shows up for auction and fetches lavishly high prices. A sealed first-generation iPhone fetched $10,456 at the same auction.