You can now own an important part of Apple’s history, and it’s even signed by Steve Wozniak himself – as long as your wallet can handle the price.
The legendary Apple-1 computer, first assembled by Wozniak and Steve Jobs in Jobs’ family garage, is now up for auction. It is functional, fully equipped and in almost new condition. The catch? It could cost around $ 500,000 at that time auction ends June 12.
Apple-1 is the first computer created by Apple in 1976. Only 200 of them were ever manufactured before the company moved on to Apple II, and of these 200, very few remain. That number becomes even smaller when you consider the fact that this particular Apple-1 computer is in working order, has been professionally restored and it bears the signature of Apple founder Steve Wozniak. All this together should add an overwhelmingly high price because what we see here is a true gem and a piece of computer history.
The computer, which is currently owned by The AAPL Collections, is waiting for its new owner in Dubai – but it can be shipped worldwide. This computer is known as the “Schlumberger 2” Apple-1 because it was originally sold to an oil service company called Schlumberger Overseas in 1977. It comes from the second set of Apple-1 computers and is probably one of the last to be assembled. in Jobs’ family garage in late 1976 or early 1977.
Apple-1 was the first personal computer with a pre-assembled motherboard, and the motherboard in this model is in shockingly good condition, with barely any spots. The auctioned machine has retained most of its original components. Apple-1 did not come with a case, and neither does this one. Instead, the green motherboard is proudly displayed on top of the Brazilian walnut board on which each component is mounted. It also has the white ceramic Synertek 6502 microprocessor, signed by Wozniak 2021.
In addition to the computer itself, the auction contains all period-specific goodies that help it run. The lucky buyer will also receive a Sanyo monitor, Panasonic cassette recorder, a copy of the Apple-1 Cassette Interface and a Cherry keyboard. In addition to these devices, the auction winner will also receive a photocopy of the Apple-1 Operator’s Manual along with a pair of magazines with articles written by Steve Jobs.
The fact that the monitor and keyboard are all external add-ons is not at all shocking. The first Apple-1 computer was sold without a case, keyboard or monitor. It did not even have a power supply. It was originally priced at $ 666.66, and only about 175 units were ever sold. With the introduction of the Apple II, the price of the first device dropped to just $ 475. Of course, this eBay listing will not come close to being as cheap.
Right now, the price is at $ 100,000, with about 70 bids already placed. But as The AAPL Collection notes, similar devices have been sold for much more than so recently. The price average, based on six sales that took place between May 2019 and May 2022, is a whopping $ 527,715. A similar model was sold in November 2021 for $ 500,000. Given that this Apple-1 computer is fully functional (as shown in the video above) and in good condition, the price may still skyrocket from the current bid.
If you want to read a little more about Apple-1 and see some high-resolution images of your computer, be sure to check out the list directly at eBay. This unique piece of Apple’s history will definitely not be sold cheaply, but admiring it from afar makes one really understand how far technology has come in recent decades – especially with WWDC 2022 coming next week and all new Apple releases which it may entail.
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