An iPad autographed by Steve Jobs from the first generation of Apple’s iPad is currently up for auction. Here are the key points of the story

iPad autografado por Steve Jobs

A first-generation Apple iPad, signed by none other than Steve Jobs, is up for sale and is sure to appeal to Apple enthusiasts who want to acquire an exclusive memento related to Steve Jobs.

The original Apple iPad, model A1337, boasts Jobs’ prominent signature on the back, made with a thick black felt-tip pen. It is in excellent condition and comes with its original packaging, power adapter, USB cable, and SIM tool.

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What makes this iPad even more special is its unique history. According to the listing, Steve Jobs gifted the iPad to a dentist in Hawaii. Frank H. Sayre, the dentist in question, claims to have treated Steve Jobs for free during the spring of 2010 when Jobs and his wife Laurene Powell Jobs were visiting Hawaii.

The appointment was scheduled by a dentist from the Bay Area who called Sayre’s office. The dentist, however, declined any payment from Jobs after the treatment, even when Jobs insisted on paying. Sayre explained that he had a policy of not charging out-of-town visitors for emergency treatments and considered them his “Aloha patients.”

When Jobs persisted in wanting to pay, Sayre mentioned a silent auction he was organizing to raise funds and asked if Jobs would like to donate a signed iPad. Jobs agreed, but after that, Sayre didn’t hear from Apple’s CEO for several months.

In the meantime, Sayre purchased an iPad and sent a letter to Jobs along with a check to cover the cost of the device, which was $729. The response came from Jobs’ secretary, LaNita Burkhead, who returned the check and informed that Steve wanted the iPad to be a gift, subsequently sending the autographed iPad.

The iPad is accompanied by a detailed provenance letter written by Sayre, narrating the entire story. This highly collectible piece of memorabilia has a pre-sale estimate of $10,000, but the current bid has already reached nearly $13,000 at the time of writing this article. It wouldn’t be surprising if the final sale price surpasses the $20,000 mark. The auction is scheduled to close on September 24th.

Source: LuxuryLaunches

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