Tablecloth doodled on by Steve Jobs’ favorite band and his former lover was stolen 56 years ago. Now, it’s resurfaced — and is about to go up for sale

And no matter how famous, iconic and influential he became, Steve Jobs was still a Beatles fan. “Steve had a lifelong love affair with the music of the Beatles, and it was an incredibly important part of his whole being,” recalled Roger Faxon, then CEO of EMI Group, in 2011. “He wanted to. present them as beautiful and in the most exquisite way possible: the elegance, the polarity, the compelling nature of the Beatles presentation in the digital world was orchestrated and designed by Steve. You felt his passion. “

In 1982, Jobs was introduced to Joan Baez by her sister Mimi Farina. He was 27 and she was 41. “It turned into a serious relationship between two casual friends who became lovers,” Jobs said. Some of her friends with her believed that one thing that attracted Jobs to Baez was the fact that she was dating Bob Dylan. “Steve loved that connection with Dylan,” said Jobs’ college friend Elizabeth Holmes. (Do not That Elizabeth Holmes – MDN Ed.) The relationship faded when it became clear that Jobs wanted children and Baez didn’t.

Now, a tablecloth that was scribbled by former Beatles and Steve Jobs lover and promptly stolen 56 years ago has resurfaced and is about to go on sale.

A section of a "Tablecloth with autographs and scribbles made by the Beatles and Joan Baez before the last Beatles concert at Candlestick Park, 1966"
A section of a “Tablecloth with autographs and scribbles made by the Beatles and Joan Baez before the last Beatles concert at Candlestick Park, 1966”

Peter Hartlaub for The San Francisco Chronicle:

For 55 years, the Vilardi family searched for their lost tablecloth.

Not a simple piece of linen, but an elaborately scribbled white tablecloth created by all four Beatles members plus Joan Baez on August 29, 1966, minutes before the band members took the stage at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park for the their latest live paid concert.

It was stolen six days later from the window of Joe Vilardi’s catering business on Clement Street in San Francisco. For more than five decades he was missing, until March 2021, when his nephew Michael Vilardi received a random phone call from a stranger …

“The next thing he said was, ‘Did your family have a catering business in San Francisco?'” Vilardi said. “I almost passed out because I knew what would happen next.”

The tablecloth, which was returned to the Vilardis, is now up for auction at Bonhams, where it is being offered to the public online starting Friday, October 7 with an estimate of $ 15,000 to $ 25,000.

MacDailyNews takes: If Steve were alive today, he could have simply bid the winning bid for this unique item.

We bet it’s worth a lot more than the initial $ 15,000 offer.

Learn more about Bonhams ” LOT 64: An autographed and scribbled tablecloth made by the Beatles and Joan Baez before the Beatles’ last concert at Candlestick Park, 1966 (the tablecloth is variously illustrated and signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Joan Baez) here.

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