Steve Wozniak played a crucial role in the early years of Apple. He was responsible for developing the Apple I and Apple II, both of which represented giant leaps forward in home computing.
Wozniak owned the toolbox during the 1970s and presumably used it during the company’s developmental stage. It was acquired by an employee, M Thomas Liggett, who wrote in a letter of provenance: “At some time previous to my hiring , all of the engineers were given small blue toolboxes, with their name in 'Dymo' tape written on the lid.
“After seeing Steve Wozniak's box laying around for some time, I asked him about it, and he said he had no interest in it. I asked him if I could have it, and he said 'yes'”
It’s reportedly empty, but that didn’t stop it selling for $7,000 at Alexander Historical Auctions in 2008.
6. Apple trade sign
This sign was displayed at various expos and trade events during the company’s early years in the 1970s and was later displayed outside the company offices.
Later on it was acquired by Liggett, who explained: "In my rounds of the building, I had noted a fluorescent light box...that had both the Apple logo on it, along with the words ‘apple computer inc.’ written on it.
“I was told that said device was from the first industry trade show that Steve Jobs and [Steve] Wozniak had attended, when they were showing the Apple I [ca. late 1976]...I was directed to throw [it] away. I asked and received permission to take it home, where it stayed...”
It made $18,000 at Alexander Historical Auctions in 2008.
5. Warhol Apple logo
Warhol was commissioned to produce this screen-printed version of the Apple logo by former executive Del Yocam. It’s one of the last works he ever produced and realised $26,000 when it sold in 2009.
4. Rose gold iPod headphones
Jony Ive has been the resident designer at Apple since 1992. His first assignment was the MessagePad 110 followed by the iMac in 1998, which established the company’s distinctive look.
These unique rose gold headphones were made for Sotheby’s (RED) charity auction in 2013, where they realised $461,000.
3. Neon Apple sign
This neon sign was formerly in the collection of Japanese artist NIGO, founder of clothing line A Bathing Ape (BAPE).
It originates from an Apple store in Alabama and realised $88,646 in a sale of Japanese designer NIGO’s personal collection at Sotheby's earlier this year
2. Red Mac Pro
The Mac Pro is the most powerful computer the company has ever released and features a highly distinctive cylindrical tower.
This unique red aluminium version realised $977,000 in Sotheby’s (RED) charity auction in New York last year.
1. Apple contract
This 1976 contract established Apple as a company.
It features signatures from Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, who sold his share for just $800.
Bidding reached $1.5m when it auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2011 – resulting in an