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  • Working Apple I Auctioned for $671,400


    Saturday saw an anonymous buyer from the Far East paying a record $671,400 for a working Apple I computer, beating the $640,000 record set last year and doubling the record prior to that according to The New York Times. For those of you who are unaware, when the early Apple computer was first released in 1976, it sold for roughly $666 (equivalent to $2,700 today).

    The unit which was recently sold had only own owner from the time it was bought in 1976 until very recently. The owner was a retire electrical engineer living in New Orleans who sold the device to an interested party earlier this year for $40,000. At the time it was originally sold, the computer wasn’t in working condition. The buyer swapped in new components and wiring, making the roughly 40-year-old computer functional again. The buyer then took the Apple I to California and arranged to meet with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak who ended up signing the device as well.

    After being informed of the price the device eventually ended up selling for, the original owner had the following to say about its new owner:

    My God. Best to him. He's the one who fixed it up and figured the best way to sell it for all that money. Evidently, he's very good at this.
    The Apple I was the Cupertino California company’s very first computer and the number of functioning units is thought to be in the single digits. Functioning and non-functioning units that go up for auction generally tend to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The sale of the recently sold Apple I is still a bit of a surprise as the value it sold for was the highest seen yet.

    Source: The New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Working Apple I Auctioned for $671,400 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      $666?
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneProfile View Post
      $666?
      Yeah... The original apple computer sold for $666.66 new... Some satan worshipping is going on at apple....
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Holy crap.
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      There is no way I would pay any where near that amount. It is essentially a $671,400 paper weight. What could you possibly do with a 1.0mhz cpu & 4K ram? I would guess this sold for more due to the autograph.
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      ide rather buy $671,400 worth of dildos instead
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhazex9x View Post
      ide rather buy $671,400 worth of dildos instead
      Why spend that much? I'm sure any guy would be happy to hook you up for free. Lol.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      There is no way I would pay any where near that amount. It is essentially a $671,400 paper weight. What could you possibly do with a 1.0mhz cpu & 4K ram? I would guess this sold for more due to the autograph.
      You think the guy is using it as a computer? LOL it's probably for his private museum
    1. JustCause152's Avatar
      JustCause152 -
      Bro do you ever proofread your articles??

      had only own owner

      owner was a retire electrical engineer
      Must have typed this up on your iFad
    1. mvangogh's Avatar
      mvangogh -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      Bro do you ever proofread your articles??



      Must have typed this up on your iFad
      Funny! Was thinking the exact same thing. C'mon Akshay, step it up!
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      You think the guy is using it as a computer? LOL it's probably for his private museum
      No, I think he is a moron with to much money.
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      No, I think he is a moron with to much money.
      If I had the money I'd love to have old electronics as collectibles, just a little piece of history. Like what about an original computer screen from an Apollo capsule that went to the moon? Pointless? Maybe. But that'd be pretty awesome to own
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      No, I think he is a moron with to much money.
      If he has too much money, he can't be a moron.
    1. Tony1979's Avatar
      Tony1979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JustCause152 View Post
      Bro do you ever proofread your articles??



      Must have typed this up on your iFad
      I must have read tons of articles on this site, and have been overwhelmed by the amount of kindergarden mistakes they make when writing. Thus, I never comment and I hardly come here. Nice job calling out his laziness- proofreading takes no time.
    1. sunhillcopper's Avatar
      sunhillcopper -
      Did the buyer get any warranty ??
    1. ThatOneProfile's Avatar
      ThatOneProfile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cokeman View Post
      No, I think he is a moron with to much money.
      Oh the irony.