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Ronald Wayne shows off rare Apple documents

updated 12:55 pm EST, Fri December 16, 2011

Includes abandoned Apple I case plans

One of Apple's original three co-founders, Ronald Wayne, has shown Engadget some rare documents kept from his time with the company. Wayne, 77, is now retired and living in Pahrump, Nevada. Among the most important documents still in his possession are plans and illustrations of a never-produced Apple I enclosure Steve Jobs asked him to build, and a Statement of Withdrawl, which cost Wayne $5 to file and severed his relationship with Apple.

Some other items in his possession include an Apple II order form, and an Apple I manual with the original Apple logo, which Wayne himself created. He also has a duplicate of the contract used to found Apple. An original copy, signed by himself, Jobs, and Steve Wozniak, recently sold at a Sotheby's auction for over $1.59 million. Some time ago Wayne sold the contract to a manuscript dealer for a much smaller sum.

Wayne was only an Apple partner for less than a month. Although he received some compensation after deciding to leave, he abandoned a 10 percent stake, which if kept until today would've been worth billions of dollars.





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  1. testudo

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    who was the idiot who bought that contract for 1.5 million? Talk about a waste of cash...

  1. Herod

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    waste of cash?

    your talking about the single most important document next to the declaration of independence there buddy!!!

  1. dliup

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    LAME article

    Dear writer, please link to your source article next time.

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    Link

    The link (like numerous MacNN Articles) is buried/hidden. For this article, you can find it via the word "possession"...

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