Floppy disks have become a thing of the past since we now have a ton of modern-day alternatives to keep up with our growing needs of feasibility and just more storage. But that doesn't mean the old floppy disks are obsolete now.
A 31-year old floppy disk that dates back to around 1988 is now going for more money than a brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro that released recently. But this isn't an ordinary floppy disk. It's signed by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Here, take a look -
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The floppy disk contains Macintosh System Tools 6.0 software. The auction house, RR Auction, claims that it's particularly valuable because Steve wasn't a prolific autograph signer. Engraving is a different thing, but you may have hardly seen any products with his original signature. That's what makes it a rare piece of technology.
"A hugely desirable format for Jobs' seldom-seen autograph -- known as a reluctant signer, he often declined to comply with the requests of collectors," says the item listing.
The estimated value of the floppy disk is more than the combined price of a brand new MacBook Pro and an iPhone 11 Pro Max. It's estimated at $7,500+, which roughly translates to about Rs 5.3 lakh. That is insane for a floppy disk. The top bid currently stands at just over $5,000, but there's a lot of time left in the auction.
Honestly, we're not surprised to see such a crazy price tag on it. Usually, things like these go for way more money. Just to put things into perspective, a Steve Jobs signed poster of the original Toy Story sold for over $30,000. See where we're going with this? Well, don't be surprised if someone ends up snagging the floppy disk for a similar price.
Source: RR Auction