Tag - Ronald Wayne
Quite a bit happened with Apple during the week of April 9 through 15m in the years 1976 to 2016. Yet with some irony, it is the forgotten third partner who, for this one week, looms very large. Ronald G. Wayne co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, then confounded everyone by bailing out 12 days later.
One of Apple's original three co-founders, Ronald Wayne, has shown Engadget some rare documents kept from his time with the company. Wayne, 77, is now retired and living in Pahrump, Nevada. Among the most important documents still in his possession are plans and illustrations of a never-produced Apple I enclosure Steve Jobs asked him to build, and a Statement of Withdrawl, which cost Wayne $5 to file and severed his relationship with Apple.
(Updated with new price from Sotheby's) The documents used to found Apple have sold at a Sotheby's auction for $1.35 million, says Fortune. An original contract in the bundledates back to April 1st, 1976, and sports the signatures of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, as well as Ronald Wayne, who within less than a month withdrew his partnership, sacrificing a stake that would eventually become worth billions. It was Wayne, though, who preserved the documents and sold them to a manuscript dealer, who eventually sold them to Sotheby's.
A document used to formally establish Apple Computer will go up for auction at Sotheby's on December 13th, Bloomberg reports. The contract measures three pages, and dates back to April 1st 1976. More importantly perhaps it bears the signatures of co-founders Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Ronald Wayne. The item is estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000 during Sotheby's books and manuscripts sale.