Lot 37[JOBS, STEVE and STEVE WOZNIAK]
Signed lid from an Apple II Plus computer, signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (signing as "Woz"). Apple Computer Inc.: June 1979-September 1982. Prepared for the late Thomas Earl Neudecker II of the University of Pittsburgh at the release event for the Macintosh computer, January 24, 1984. 11 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 1 inch (29 x 32 x 2.5 cm); signed by Steve Jobs in felt tip (upper left) and Steve Wozniak (upper right). Fine. Framed; together with a fabric Apple Macintosh banner, approximately 48 x 100 inches, likely used at the event, incorporating a design by Clemont Mok of a cyclist carrying a Mac; the Apple University Consortium grant program was called Wheels for the Mind and Mok's design was the official logo.
Apple material signed by both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is exceptionally rare and desirable; after Jobs stepped down from the company in 1985 and founded NeXT, he and Wozniak had a falling-out. The recipient of this inscription, Thomas Earl Neudecker II, earned his PhD in Social Work from University of Colorado, Boulder. He went on to teach at the University of Pittsburgh. While there he ran research projects pertaining to the effects of technology in K-12 schools, as the personal computer became more affordable for public schools. His emphasis was not solely on the teaching of computer science to students, but also addressed how technology could assist teachers in their day-to-day activities. With the grants received for his research (many from Apple), he purchased more computer equipment and trained teachers over their summer recess in the application of the technology. He worked initially with Apple II computers (these were branded as Apple ][), and after the release of the Macintosh computer, on those machines. During this period he was also an author for the monthly computer journal InfoWorld, and was the president of the Pittsburgh Apple User group. In the mid-1980s he became Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University. He died in an auto accident in 1997.
In 1984 Neudecker represented the University of Pittsburgh at the January 24th "unveiling" event for the new Apple Macintosh computer. At the reception following, attended by the founders of Apple, he made it a point to meet Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. In preparation for this he carried the lid from the family Apple II Plus in his briefcase. When he met them he had them sign the lid. It became a prized possession, and he had it framed and hung it in his home office. Offered with a letter of provenance from the son of Thomas Earl Neudecker; and a reproduction of a photograph of his father at the keybord of an Apple II.
Provenance: by family descent to the present owner.
C The Property of Thomas Earl Neudecker III
Sold for $41,250
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