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Old May 25, 2013, 10:42 AM   #1
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Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record Auction Price of $671,400




The New York Times reports that a working Apple 1 computer has sold at auction in Germany for a record $671,400, breaking the previous mark of $640,000 set last November at the same auction house. That November record has eclipsed an earlier record of $375,000 set less than six months earlier.

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The high prices paid for the machines seem to be explained by the combination of scarcity, a fascination with the early history of the computer age, and the mystique of Apple and its founders, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak. And some irrational exuberance in the prices, for a machine that can do very little and originally sold for $666 (about $2,700 in current dollars).

"This really confirms the value of Apple-1's," Uwe Breker, the German auctioneer, said in an interview on Saturday.

The buyer, Mr. Breker said, was a wealthy entrepreneur from the Far East, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Apple 1, one of only a handful working units remaining in existence, carries the signature of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and was originally owned by Major League Baseball player Fred Hatfield. The auction included a letter from Steve Jobs to Hatfield offering a trade-in deal on an Apple II board, an offer Hatfield declined for unknown reasons. The identity of the owner who put the item up for auction has not been disclosed.

Update: The New York Times now notes that the Fred Hatfield who was the original owner of the machine was not the former Major League Baseball player and instead was a New Orleans resident who sold the machine in non-working condition to a private buyer for $40,000 earlier this year. The buyer repaired the machine and flew to California to have it signed by Wozniak before placing it up for auction.

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Old May 25, 2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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but can it play Minecraft?
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but can it play Minecraft?
No, but it can play Crysis.
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Old May 25, 2013, 10:54 AM   #4
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Mmm....

If I had way too much money to the point it has no value for me... I could buy it IF I was a programmer.

What ever, people are people.
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Old May 25, 2013, 10:55 AM   #5
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I got a working Colecovision ... how much can I get for that???
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Old May 25, 2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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That's almost a $1 million. Pretty crazy. That computer could buy me a couple of nice cars!
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Old May 25, 2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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That paperwork is in very good condition, no wonder it went for such a lot.
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Old May 25, 2013, 11:01 AM   #8
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That's almost a $1 million. Pretty crazy. That computer could buy me a couple of nice cars!
not really
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Old May 25, 2013, 11:05 AM   #9
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That is more expensive than having a cup of coffee.
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Old May 25, 2013, 11:05 AM   #10
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That's almost a $1 million. Pretty crazy. That computer could buy me a couple of nice cars!
I like your math. I'll give you $650 and you give me $1000 back. $650 is almost $1000...no?
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Macs have always been expensive, but this is ridiculous, that's it, I'm getting a linux PC! It doesn't even run Mountain Lion!

In all seriousness it's almost certainly a fine investment given the historical impact Apple have had and are still having on the world.
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Spend your money on what you like, but I can think of a few better things myself.

Whatever. Happy days
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i spot the old fashioned apple logo. nice
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not really
A GTR and LFA. Or Lambo and an LFA or other car so yeah!
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That's almost a $1 million. Pretty crazy. That computer could buy me a couple of nice cars!
Nice math
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Not if they worked for it. They can spend it on whatever crap they want.
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Had they bought this a few years ago, when Apple was on its way up, it would have been a good investment. But now? While Apple's cache is fading? Not so much.
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Had they bought this a few years ago, when Apple was on its way up, it would have been a good investment. But now? While Apple's cache is fading? Not so much.
Apple doesn't need to be successful in order for these computers to remain valuable. They have a very important place in the history of computing regardless of Apple's continued success.
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...working Apple 1 computer[/url] has sold at auction in Germany for a record $671,400
It would have been $666,666 in keeping with tradition if the buyer hadn't let the auctioneer persuade him he needed the Monster RS232 cable...
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Pretty cool that it was in working order. Hopefully it stays that way.
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It would have been $666,666 in keeping with tradition if the buyer hadn't let the auctioneer persuade him he needed the Monster RS232 cable...
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Would of been a lot more of an appealing story if it sold for $666,666
approximately x1000 of its $666.66 selling price 37 years ago.
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Macs have always been expensive, but this is ridiculous, that's it, I'm getting a linux PC! It doesn't even run Mountain Lion!
It's not a Mac.

It is an Apple computer. I'm not sure if it was ever really called an Apple 1 computer, just like the very first Macintosh is just called Macintosh and nothing else, the first iPod is called iPod and nothing else, the first Pentium processor was called Pentium and nothing else.


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Had they bought this a few years ago, when Apple was on its way up, it would have been a good investment. But now? While Apple's cache is fading? Not so much.
Apple's cache is fading? What cache are you talking about? The cache in my MBP seems to be working just fine, not "fading" at all if you explain what it would mean for a cache to be "fading".
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Question about the letter in the video

Does anybody know what the bottom letters mean?

They read:

SJ: ck
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Apple's cache is fading? What cache are you talking about? The cache in my MBP seems to be working just fine, not "fading" at all if you explain what it would mean for a cache to be "fading".
Think he means cachet.
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