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  • Rare 1976 "Apple I" Computer Up for Auction



    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.
    The estimated price that the Apple I personal computer will fetch at the auction is somewhere between $160,000-$240,000. So, if you've got the funds and can make the November 23rd auction, this little beauty could be all yours. And when we say it's rare - it is. Only 200 units of this "first personal computer" were ever built. And this one - like the others - were built by hand by Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder. Original 1976 price: $666.

    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.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rare 1976 "Apple I" Computer Up for Auction started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by sdjmchattie View Post
      Maybe, though the Apple 1 is also a cool item in a collector's stash, but can also be turned on and actually used. And besides, it seems very unlikely that modern electronics will ever become this valuable because they're so heavily mass produced. The Apple 1 was not only limited to 200 ever but also manufactured by hand, by an individual man who just so happens to be the co-founder of the company that is still around today, only much larger. It's iconic - the iPhone is just another consumer item of which there are at least a million times as many now, as there ever were of the Apple 1.
      True, but everyone thought the same thing about He-Man toys.

      Forgot to mention: the iPhone battery can be changed, it's not that hard once you open it up. You can buy specialized tools online even.

      I'm not saying an iPhone will ever get as much, but eventually museums will want them, and that brings collectors, which brings money. In 40 years, that Apple I will probably fetch millions.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Time to put out a mortgage on the house, I must have apple I.
    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      $741.66 in 1976 would cost $2764.18 in 2009 - The Inflation Calculator.

      Mac Pro (2010) - $2,499.00

      Good to know Apple is keeping their prices about the same.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Am I the only one to notice this?
      "and in the end times a great knowledge will come".

      I think it's undeniable that an iPhone in every hand to the Internet is hard evidence Apple is the anti-Christ.
    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Quote Originally Posted by yomamashump View Post
      $741.66 in 1976 would cost $2764.18 in 2009 - The Inflation Calculator.

      Mac Pro (2010) - $2,499.00

      Good to know Apple is keeping their prices about the same.

      More importantly, you see the length of response with detailed technical information Steve Jobs wrote to them when they had some questions? (If not, take a look at the close up on Christies' site) Sure beats:

      "You're holding it wrong"
      and
      "You need to educate yourself in how sales tax works"

      I wonder if Steve thought his company was going to make $2764.18 these days, he'd write such a personal response?