Rare Fully-Functional Apple-1 Computer Heading to Auction Next Month
An Apple-1 computer — one of the first 200 produced by Steve Jobs and Steve “Woz” Wozniak in 1976 — is being put up for auction.
On sale by RR Auction, based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Apple-1 computer is fully functional. Only 63 Apple-1 computers are confirmed to be left, with just six in verified working condition.
RR Auction is putting the Apple-1 up for sale on the online marketplace Invaluable, where it is expected to fetch a higher price than previously-sold Apple-1 computer due to its working order. Previous Apple 1 computers have sold for $905,000 USD in 2014 and $200,000 in 2015.
“This Apple-1 computer was restored to its original, operational state in June 2018 by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, and a video of it running and functioning is available upon request,” reads a press release. “A comprehensive, technical condition report prepared by Cohen is available to qualified bidders; he evaluates the current condition of the unit as 8.5/10. The most remarkable aspect of this Apple-1 computer is that it is documented to be fully operational: the system was operated without fault for approximately eight hours in a comprehensive test.”
Bobby Livingston, RR Auction’s executive vice president, claims that the computer’s original owner purchased it at The Byte Shop, the same store where Jobs and Wozniak originally sold the computers for the cool price of $666.66. According to Livingston, the original owner used the Apple-1 to learn BASIC and write simple programs until he decided to store it for safekeeping after it became outdated. The owner realized “it could one day be a piece of computing history,” and tried and failed to sell it back to Wozniak in 1982 for $10,000 USD.
“The Apple-1 was the first in the evolution of products from Apple that would forever change the world we live in,” said Livingston. “This is the machine that launched Apple Computer, a company that would define an industry and was most recently able to achieve a $1 trillion [USD] valuation milestone.”
The auction for the Apple-1 will start at $50,000 USD, but is expected to fetch somewhere between $300,00 and $400,000.
“The Remarkable Rarities live auction event from RR Auction will take place on Monday, September 25, 2018 at 1PM at WeWorks, 200 Portland St., Boston,” reads a press release. “Pre-live bidding for the Auction opens Thursday, September 13 and ends Monday, September 24 at 12:00 pm EST. Live bidding begins Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 pm EST.”