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.