Calling all die-hard Apple fanatics. A piece of Apple history is up for grabs. And if you have an extra quarter-million bucks in your sock drawer, that should be more than enough to snag the rare piece of Apple history when it becomes available this month for auction at Christie's.
Here's what's at stake:
An Apple-1 motherboard, number 82, printed label to reverse, with a few slightly later additions including a 6502 microprocessor, labeled R6502P R6502-11 8145, printed circuit board with 4 rows A-D and columns 1-18, three capacitors, heatsink, cassette board connector, 8K bytes of RAM, keyboard interface, firmware in PROMS, low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits, video terminal, breadboard area with slightly later connector, with later soldering, wires and electrical tape to reverse, printed to obverse Apple Computer 1 Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976.
Of the aforementioned 200 units of the Apple I, it is believed that fewer than fifty Apple I personal computers still exist. Just over ten years ago at a similar auction, the Apple I fetched a mere $50,000. But Apple - as a company and maker of revolutionary products - is a much bigger, wealthier, and more successful business today than it was a decade ago. As a result, a little piece of history like the Apple I is now a much bigger-ticket item.
To learn more about this relic, check out Christie's official site.