A fourth-generation iPod shuffle autographed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is depicted in the image above. The owner has now put the device up for auction on EBay, and the bidding currently sits around US $4,000 US $10,000.
As for how the current owner acquired the piece, he said he and three colleagues were invited to attend an Apple event in conjunction with the “innovators of tomorrow” program, where they had the rare opportunity to ask Jobs for his signature. After the event wrapped, he approached Jobs:
“I hear you’re not really one to give autographs, but I just gotta ask…. will you sign my iPod? It’s fine if you don’t want to. I’m not normally one to even ask for autographs.”
According to the seller’s account, Jobs responded:
Steve: *chuckling* “It’s quite alright. You heard that about me? Well I wouldn’t say that I don’t like giving autographs, I guess I was never comfortable with the idea solely taking credit for something, which is to me what an autograph might imply. To be honest, I think I’m the last person who should sign something. A writer signing a book I can understand, but I think if anybody within our company should sign something, it should be members from our R&D team and all the others responsible for product innovation. It’s unfortunate that they all can’t receive the same level recognition. But I suppose it’s easier this way though?….you would need a pretty big iPod to fit all those signatures”