Collecting has a wide range of appeal and a huge diversity of subject matter, and those in the know lined up at Sotheby’s Auction House on 13th December in New York when the original Apple computer contract signed in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne was to come under the hammer. It went up alongside a first edition of the book Gone with the Wind and manuscripts and documents written by such historical luminaries as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Horatio Nelson, Voltaire, Mark Twain, and John Adams and Letters from the time of the Civil War in America. Then there was Hugh Hefner’s correspondence with Jane Sellers or an original manuscript by nineteenth century novelist who dressed as a man, George Sand and signed pictures of opera greats Giacomo Puccini and Enrico Caruso. The price fetched after a bidding war blew everyone out of the room – $1, 594, 500 soaring, well above its pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. Who said computers were going to put paper out of business ! WOW
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.