Steve Jobs’ Original Apple-1 Computer Prototype Auction Reaches US $230,000

A prototype for the original Apple-1 computer by the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs is being auctioned by RR Auction. The original Apple desktop computer was hand-soldered by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 (via Business Insider).


According to the listing, this prototype has some minor damage. There’s a crack that “runs from adjacent to the power supply area.” However, it’s a rare product and the final price is expected to hit around US $500,000 based on past auctions.

The listing notes that this prototype was used to secure Jobs and Wozniak’s first major order in 1976, when the Apple founders demoed the device for computer shop owner Paul Terrell.

“Few Apple artifacts could be considered as rare, early, or historic as this Apple-1 prototype, which spent many years on the ‘Apple Garage’ property …” the listing said.

The bidding began on Wednesday and has already hit US $230,000. The auction still has a month left before it ends on August 18.

Last year, a rare Apple-1 computer that was built in Jobs’ home was auctioned for $400,000. It was one of just 200 designed by Wozniak.