A treasure trove of Apple memorabilia has been unveiled at the home of Apple’s third, and least known founder Ronald Wayne. Few knew of what Wayne has been unintentionally hoarding for the last 35 years.
Almost anything Apple related is or will be valuable. The contract that the three co-founders of Apple: Ronald Wayne, Steve Wozinak and the late Steve Jobs signed, recently sold for US$1.6 million at Sotheby’s, having been expected to make around US$100,000.
Unlike Wozinak and Jobs, Wayne – aged 77 – sold his 10 percent share in Apple, little after a week of founding the company. In 1976, Wayne sold his share for US$800, today it has been calculated to be worth over US$35 billion (calculated by Gizmodo).
However, despite having practically given away his billions in the ’70s, Wayne still holds many potentially priceless pieces of history. Trapped in an old envelope unceremoniously placed next to his office door, Wayne has page after page of original drawings for the first plans of the Apple I computer, accompanied with drafts for the operation manual, warranty and the first Apple logo. Hidden amongst these treasures was a copy of the recently sold contract.
Images of the drawings and contracts are available on the Engadget website and look as though they belong in a museum. The creation of Apple is arguably the most important and influential technological development of the late 20th Century. Hopefully one day, these drawings will be able to be appreciated by the public in an exhibition but for now they remain buried amongst Wayne’s belongings at his home in Pahrump, Nevada.
Ron Wayne now resides contentedly with his documents, which define the turning point of technology today, in the Nevada desert, where he now collects and sells rare stamps and coins.