Steve Jobs’ BMW Z8 to go up for auction next month, estimated to fetch up to $400,000

Originally, the BMW Z8 cost $128,000 when its production stopped in 2003.

  • Published: October 30, 2017 10:14 AM IST

The man left the world six years ago, but his impression on it has only gotten deeper. Apparently, a Bayemway Steve Jobs once owned is being put up for auction next month on Sotheby’s, and the estimated winning bid on it is stunning, it is estimated to reach between $300,000 and $400,000. Originally, the BMW Z8 cost $128,000 when its production stopped in 2003. The auction is scheduled to begin on December 6 at Sotheby’s “Icons” event, featuring supercars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Jaguar, and other marques.

According to the listing, Jobs’ ownership of this car is documented through several service invoices accompanying the car, as well as a copy of a California registration or so-called “pink slip” in his name and at his personal residence, a MacRumor report states. “According to legend, Jobs was convinced to buy the Z8 by Larry Ellison the iconoclastic CEO of Oracle, who enthused to Jobs that the car was a paragon of modern automotive engineering and ergonomics,” the listing says.

The BMW Z8 has a production date of April 1, 2000, and it was delivered to him in October of that year, according to Sotheby’s. Jobs reportedly sold the car in 2003 to its current owner in Los Angeles. Reportedly, since it was originally purchased by Jobs, the car has till now been driven just 15,200 miles, averaging less than 1,000 miles a year, the listing states. It is said to remain in “exemplary condition.” ALSO READ: Apple’s Jony Ive reveals details about Apple Park; employees to move later this year: Report


The silver-over-black car is equipped with several accessories, including its original BMW-branded Motorola flip phone that Jobs supposedly hated. The JOBS Z8 license plate was registered by the current owner. ALSO READ: We didn’t give our kids cellphones until they were 14: Bill Gates

Recently, a Newsweek magazine from 1988 signed by Steve Jobs was sold for $50,587, as reported by CNet. Quite against the traditional signatures, Jobs signed the magazine writing, “I love manufacturing”, with love underlined for stress. This was the issue covering rhe unveiling of Jobs’ NeXT computer. ALSO READ: 10 ways Apple changed smartphones forever with the iPhone

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  • Published Date: October 30, 2017 10:14 AM IST