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  • Apple I Auctioned for a Record High of $640,000


    As noted by Classic Computing, a working example of Apple’s first computer was sold by German auction house Team Breker in November for $640,000. This auction broke the previous Apple I record selling price of $374,500 set by Sotheby’s in June. Prior to this deal, Christie’s put a non-working Apple I motherboard on the block in the UK, but bids failed to surpass the £50,000 reserve price.

    While Apple continues to expand its share of the consumer market, the company’s early products have become more collectible and are fetching increasingly large sums at auctions. Previously, in June, a functioning version of the 1976 Apple I motherboard sold for $374,500, beating its estimated sales price of $120,000 to $180,000. Also included in the auction was an unrelated note written by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs during his time at Atari, which sold for $27,500.

    The folks over at Classic Computing sat down with avid collector Lonnie Mimms, who currently has two Apple I units amongst his many machines, one a non-working example with all-original parts and a second working model with replaced components. "The Apple 1, because of Apple's status now in the world, is the beginning of that company," Mimms explained. "For corporate America and for the computer industry, there isn't anything more iconic than that in existence."

    For those of you who aren’t aware, only 200 Apple I computers were made, each hand-built by Steve Wozniak, and only six of the estimated 50 intact examples are believed to be in working condition. The product was sold for $666.66 without a power supply, display, keyboard, or housing when it was first released in 1976. I bet if more people had known how much it might have been worth today, they might have considered buying and holding on to it.

    Source: Classic Computing
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple I Auctioned for a Record High of $640,000 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      I guess it is true what P.T. Barnum said.....
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I guess it is true what P.T. Barnum said.....
      I have this to say about that... “Opinions are like *****; everyone's got one.” ― P.T. Barnum
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      The original price of $666.66 is such an accurate price for what an evil and ****** company Apple has become. So sue happy and stagnate.
    1. kyikeda's Avatar
      kyikeda -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      The original price of $666.66 is such an accurate price for what an evil and ****** company Apple has become. So sue happy and stagnate.
      You must not be familiar with America because that's what everyone does here...
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      The original price of $666.66 is such an accurate price for what an evil and ****** company Apple has become. So sue happy and stagnate.
      All the companies, especially tech companies sue frequently. Is it BS? Sure. Is there anything we can do about it? Not really.
      Also, if Apple is so stagnant as you say, why are all the other tech companies following/copying/lusting after Apple & Apple products?
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      The original price of $666.66 is such an accurate price for what an evil and ****** company Apple has become. So sue happy and stagnate.
      2 questions for you. 1: Why do you care so much what Apple does and doesn't do? If you don't like their product, don't buy it. Apple isn't barging into your home, taking $300 of your cash and handing you an iPod are they?
      And 2: So Apple isn't allowed to sue other companies when they feel like something was copied from their patents, But other companies are?
    1. WiiWendy's Avatar
      WiiWendy -
      I love it when you folks give Apple bashing people something to chew on.
      I started using Apple products about 5years ago and I now understand the loyalty that people have for Apple, I am now one of them. Actually my whole family is now down with Apple as I've handed down my iPods iPhones and iPads as I've gotten the newer ones. I find that it's always the people that can't afford them or that don't know how to use them that say there no good.
      Long Live Apple
      Thanks Again Guys
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fanboyfanboy View Post
      Apple isn't barging into your home, taking $300 of your cash and handing you an iPod are they?
      That would be nice if they would. It would save me the gas money/ time for going to the store myself! Great idea!
    1. budsalinger's Avatar
      budsalinger -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I guess it is true what P.T. Barnum said.....
      If you believe anything that PT Barnum said then you're a sucker.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      The original price of $666.66 is such an accurate price for what an evil and ****** company Apple has become. So sue happy and stagnate.
      So I guess you are a devil worshipper?

      I mean you are on a website all about "evil"
    1. Greatbiguns's Avatar
      Greatbiguns -
      No matter how you look at it, that is a pretty sweet piece of computer history memorbilia....