Even pieces of paper Steve Jobs touched can turn to gold.
Over the weekend, three of Steve Jobs’ business cards sold at a private high school’s auction for $10,050 – the price of 15 new iPhones.
The Marin School, a 70-student school in San Rafael, Calif., put the cards on the auction block about a week ago as part of their annual gala and fundraiser. The business cards became the highest-selling item this year, raising twice as much as the next-highest offering – a one-week stay at a five-bedroom vacation home in Hawaii. The cards drew 47 online and live bids from across the world.
“Our goal for the online auction was $10,000, so this one item got us to our goal,” Sierra Antonio, the school’s director of communications and special events, said in an interview last week. “We are over the moon.”
A family whose child used to attend the school donated the cards, which span over Jobs’ times as president of NeXT and as chairman of Apple and of Pixar. The family did catering for Jobs for years, Antonio said, and had no idea what the cards’ value might be.
“It’s kind of mind blowing,” Antonio said.