A still functioning Apple 1 computer, which was one of the very first 200 computers sold by Steve Jobs and also Steve Wozniak, has been sold for $374,500 which comes with the 12% buyer’s premium at the Sotheby auction in New York City. The original Apple 1 back in the day only sold for $666.66. Though it has been noted by BBC that only about 50 Apple 1′s are still in operation and only about a handful of them actually still work.
Sotheby’s said there was a battle between two parties for the item which also included the original manuals. A set of bids were executed by the auctioneer on behalf of an absentee collector, but a telephone bidder proved more persistent and eventually clinched the sale.
APPLE I COMPUTER
Operational Apple Computer I. An Apple I motherboard, labeledﾠon obverse AppleﾠComputer I, Palo Alto, CA. Copyright 1976. Includes circuit board with four rows A-D, and columns 1-18; MOS Technologies 6502 microprocessor, labeled MCS 6502 3776; video terminal; keyboard interface; 8K bytes RAM in 16-pin 4K memory chips; 4 power supplies including 3 capacitors; firmware in PROMS (A1, A2); low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits; breadboard; heatsink; expansion connector; cassette board connector. (15 1/8 x 9 in.; 385 x 234 mm)
Together with: Apple I Cassette Interface, labeled Apple I Cassette Interface Copyright 1976, partial “G” lettered in triangle on reverse, in black ink manuscript (4 x 2 in.; 102 x 50 mm). — Apple-I Operation Manual. Palo Alto: Apple Computer Company. 12 pp. in wrappers (11 x 8 1/2 in.; 280 x 214 mm), with 8 circuit diagrams, 2 on foldout printed verso and recto, one full page; with original Apple Computer Co. logo on upper wrapper; tear along fold, light staining on wrapper and bottom right corner. — Apple-I Cassette Interface Manual, Palo Alto: Apple Computer Company. Oblong 8 pp. bifolia (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.; 140 x 215 mm), with some staining to wrappers; original logo on upper wrapper, warranty onﾠlower wrapper —ﾠPreliminary Apple BASIC Users Manual. Palo Alto: Apple Computer Company, October 1976. 8ﾠstapled sheets (11ﾠx 8ﾠ1/2 in.;ﾠ280ﾠxﾠ214 mm), printedﾠversoﾠand recto, with first sheet onﾠblueﾠpaperﾠwith tear along stapleﾠandﾠmanuscript “Randy JﾠSuess.”ﾠSomeﾠstaining toﾠfirstﾠandﾠlastﾠpage,ﾠwithﾠtearﾠonﾠlast page. — Double-sidedﾠadvertisement with illustration for Apple IﾠComputer and theﾠApple Cassette Interface,ﾠwith manuscriptﾠnote (11 xﾠ8ﾠ1/2 in.; 280 x 214 mm).
The memorabilia of Apple, earlier on, has been the hottest ticket so far, just recently. The corporate papers from Apple’s original founding which, of course signed by Steve Job’s himself, Ron Wayne and Steve Wozniak in December sold for $1.6 million at a Sotheby auction.