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Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application auctioned off for more than $225,000

A one-page job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago has sold for $US174,757 ($AU226,548) at an online auction — more than three times its presale estimate.

An internet entrepreneur from England who wished to remain anonymous was the winning bidder, according to Boston-based auction house RR Auction.

Steve Jobs' 1973 job application

The application, which is dated 1973 and features spelling and punctuation errors, had been expected to fetch about $US50,000 ($64,818).

The form lists his name as "Steven jobs" and address as "reed college" — the Portland, Oregon, college he attended briefly.

Next to "Phone" he wrote "none".

Under a section titled "Special Abilities," Jobs wrote "tech or design engineer. digital. — from Bay near Hewitt-Packard", a reference to pioneering California technology company Hewlett-Packard and the San Francisco Bay area.

The document does not state what position or company the application was intended for.

Jobs and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple about three years later.

Executive vice president at RR Auction, Bobby Livingston, said the high price reflected the continuing influence of Jobs, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56.

"There are many collectors who have earned disposable income over the last few decades using Apple technology, and we expect similarly strong results on related material in the future," he said.

Other items related to the Apple co-founder which sold in the auction included an Apple Mac OS X technical manual signed by Jobs in 2001 that sold for $54,196 and a rare, signed newspaper clipping from 2008 featuring an image of Jobs speaking at the Apple Developers Conference that sold for $34,936.

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