On April 1st, 1976, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne signed the partnership contract for Apple Computer. The founding contract that made history was originally expected to sell for $150,000, but today sold for a whopping $1,594,500 million to Eduardo Cisneros, chief executive officer of Cisneros Corp, at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.
According to Sotheby’s site:
“Two typed documents signed by “Stephen G. Wozniak”, “steven p. jobs”, “Ronald G.. Wayne”: Apple Computer Company Partnership Agreement, dated 1April 1976, 3 pages (8 ½ x 11 in; 216 x 279 mm) with small staple holes and crease in upper left corners; With: Amendment dated 12 April 1976, 1 page, with erasure and minor corrections to text; And with: Registrant’s Copy of County of Santa Clara Statement of Withdrawal signed by “Ronald G. Wayne,” 1 page,” the site reads.
The story goes that apparently the consigner bought the legal papers back in the mid-1990s “from a manuscript dealer” who is thought to had acquired them from Wayne. Just eleven days after signing the founding contract, Ron Wayne decided to sell his 10% of the company for $800, which is now worth $3.9 billion.