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Steve Jobs tribute MacBook Pros go up for charity auction

Some Jobs-themed MacBook Pros are now up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to charity.

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs' death. Now, following Apple's tribute video to its founder, one Hong Kong artist is selling Jobs-themed MacBook Pros for charity, CNET reports in the US.

The laptops feature Jobs' silhouette encroaching on a white Apple, mimicking the bite taken out of the company logo. They were designed by Jonathan Mak, a Honk Kong-based artist who made the image last year in Jobs' honour.

They also feature the following quote from Jobs from 1995: "When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is, and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life.

"Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

"Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."

The laptops are on eBay now, but they don't come cheap. They cost 9,500, which equates to £7,673. Still, it's all for a good cause. The proceeds will be split evenly between the charity Get It Done and a fund that laptop seller Uncover is setting up with SellanApp, which will help create not-for-profit iOS apps that have a societal value.

All three MacBook Pros are retina display-equipped, with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processors, 16GB memory and 750GB SSD.

Yesterday, Apple unveiled a tribute video to Jobs, detailing some of his greatest achievements. The Apple co-founder died on 5 October 2011.