Sotheby’s is getting ready to auction a Steve Jobs’ memo on June 15 for as much as $15,000. The memo was written to Atari in 1974 when Jobs was 19 years old and employed by the company to work on game design. Jobs was reportedly forced to work at nights at Atari due to his clashes with colleagues.
The memo is addressed to Jobs’ supervisor at the time, Stephen Bristow, who would later work on the Atari 2600. It describes how Atari could make changes to its World Cup Soccer arcade game for improved fun and functionality. The memo is titled All-One Farm Design, a name associated with a commune that Jobs frequented, and the address of Jobs’ parents in Palo Alto.
Working at Atari is where Jobs employed Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to help develop the hardware for a prototype single-player version of Pong that would become Breakout. Jobs left Atari that summer for a trip to India, after which he returned to live in a commune.
With Jobs’ passing last October, items associated with the life of the Apple visionary are sure to be highly valued. The memo is expected to fetch between $10,000 to $15,000.