Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > Mac Blog Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jun 21, 2013, 11:02 AM   #1
MacRumors
macrumors bot
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Another Working Apple 1 Heads to Auction with $500,000 Estimate




The Associated Press reports that yet another working Apple 1 from 1976 is headed to auction, with Christie's placing a $300,000 opening bid and $500,000 estimate on the machine. The machine is owned by Ted Perry, a retired school psychologist from Sacramento, California who acquired it in a swap over three decades ago.
Quote:
Perry, 70, acquired his Apple 1 in either 1979 or 1980, as a secondhand item he saw advertised.

He paid nothing for it; it was a swap with the owner.

"I traded some other computer equipment I had for the Apple 1," he said.
Perry has kept the machine, which is essentially a single circuit board paired with aftermarket components such as a monitor, keyboard, and tape storage, in a cardboard box, and only recently confirmed that it still functions.

Apple 1 circuit board (Source: Wikimedia)
Perry's Apple 1 is one of only a handful of the machines in existence still in operation, although several others have been auctioned over the past year or two. Just last month, one sold for the equivalent of a record $671,400 at auction in Germany.

The online auction for Perry's Apple 1 begins on Monday, June 24 and runs through July 9. The machine will be on display at the Computer History Museum beginning on Monday.

Article Link: Another Working Apple 1 Heads to Auction with $500,000 Estimate
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 11:07 AM   #2
UnfetteredMind
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Should get a nice payout for keeping it around in a cardboard box for nearly 35 years.
UnfetteredMind is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 11:20 AM   #3
budselectjr
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Quote:
At the time, he was working as a psychologist in a school in Carmichael, a town near Sacramento. While observing special needs children, he noticed that a teletype machine "made a huge difference" in how a deaf boy using it responded and learned.

As the first computers came on the market, Perry learned to program them. Then he approached Wozniak, who agreed to provide what the psychologist calls Apple's "internal code" so he could create interactive lessons for his students using the new technology.
very cool
budselectjr is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 01:21 PM   #4
ritmomundo
macrumors 68000
 
ritmomundo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bel Air, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacRumors View Post
Perry has kept the machine, which is essentially a single circuit board paired with aftermarket components such as a monitor, keyboard, and tape storage, in a cardboard box, and only recently confirmed that it still functions.
So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...
ritmomundo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 01:48 PM   #5
Laird Knox
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by ritmomundo View Post
So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...
That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.
Laird Knox is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 02:06 PM   #6
sclawis300
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laird Knox View Post
That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.
Talk about fragmentation. ha ha ha.
sclawis300 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 02:42 PM   #7
ajo
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Should I buy now or wait?
ajo is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 02:51 PM   #8
Jibbajabba
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ajo View Post
Should I buy now or wait?
I'd wait for the 1S
Jibbajabba is offline   6 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 03:58 PM   #9
ritmomundo
macrumors 68000
 
ritmomundo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bel Air, CA
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laird Knox View Post
That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.
I see. Thanks.
ritmomundo is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 05:07 PM   #10
macs4nw
macrumors 68020
 
macs4nw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: On Safari…..
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacRumors View Post
.....another working Apple 1 from 1976 is headed to auction, with Christie's placing a $300,000 opening bid and $500,000 estimate on the machine.....

.....Just last month, one sold for the equivalent of a record $671,400 at auction in Germany.

Article Link: Another Working Apple 1 Heads to Auction with $500,000 Estimate
I'm headed to the attic, the basement and the garage, to check all those dusty boxes.....
__________________
Due to my aversion to bragging and clichés, no words of wisdom to be found on this line.....
macs4nw is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 05:27 PM   #11
donutbagel
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?
donutbagel is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 05:39 PM   #12
underkuerbis
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Bremen, Germany
Maybe these are all devices that've been produced during the making of the Jobs movie... You know, when Ashton was bored or something...
underkuerbis is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 08:59 PM   #13
Ricanlegend
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Bronx,Ny
Quote:
Originally Posted by donutbagel View Post
How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?
they cant blow up if you never turn them on lol
Ricanlegend is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 09:58 PM   #14
esskay
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
I wonder what my old Apple II Plus is worth? Lol
esskay is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 21, 2013, 11:35 PM   #15
dazed
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Quote:
Originally Posted by donutbagel View Post
How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?

Quality really went downhill after the Apple 1
dazed is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22, 2013, 03:17 AM   #16
Jibbajabba
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by esskay View Post
I wonder what my old Apple II Plus is worth? Lol
Some go for under 200 bucks on eBay
Jibbajabba is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22, 2013, 07:01 AM   #17
Lancer
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Australia
Wish I'd bought one in 76... but I was only 5 at the time :lol:
__________________
Late 2012 iMac, 27", 3.4Ghz i7, 32Gb RAM, 2Gb 680Mx, 1Tb Fusion and iPhone 5s.
Lancer is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22, 2013, 08:36 AM   #18
Deedlez
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: UK
Kinda wish I'd bought one back in the day. But then again, pretty much all my 80's computer kit (such as it was) have long since died
__________________
Definitely owner of too many devices.
Enjoy Gravulon, MandelPlay, AsciiBrot, AutomataPlay and DarumaShelf on an iOS device near you!
Deedlez is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22, 2013, 02:43 PM   #19
Digital Dude
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Arizona where freedom still means something
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jibbajabba View Post
I'd wait for the 1S
MacRumors got word that the new version ships with a cardboard box. 'This changes everything'
Digital Dude is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22, 2013, 05:29 PM   #20
GenesisST
macrumors 65816
 
GenesisST's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Where I live
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deedlez View Post
Kinda wish I'd bought one back in the day. But then again, pretty much all my 80's computer kit (such as it was) have long since died
I still have my trusty old Commodore 64 as a decoration... Just the keyboard/computer part. I won't even start it, the (seemingly) 1 dpi pixels would hurt my eyes... and I don't want to ruin the fond memories I have.
__________________
Kenmore microwave, Frigidaire oven, Fisher & Paykel fridge, LG washer & Dryer and Crane toilet
GenesisST is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 22, 2013, 11:20 PM   #21
BoxBrownie
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Who would ever think that buying a computer is an investment. Hmm.. makes me think about all those computers I threw away. Just imagine though if you had an Apple 1 and just threw it out.
BoxBrownie is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 03:15 AM   #22
Jibbajabba
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digital Dude View Post
MacRumors got word that the new version ships with a cardboard box. 'This changes everything'
Cardboard? It's called invocation
Jibbajabba is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 03:24 AM   #23
Señor
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jibbajabba View Post
I'd wait for the 1S
Waiting for the 1.5 would get you a new flat design.
__________________
iMac Retina 5K: High End Model (2014) --- iPhone 6 Plus: Silver [Sprint] (128GB) --- MacBook Air: 11-inch (2014)
Señor is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 01:14 PM   #24
rei101
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ritmomundo View Post
So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...
Back then a computer was something scary. Remember that even in early 90's there was not internet, a computer was something that you could barely use it to print your homework. There was not actual use for a computer at home even.

Go back to early 80's. There was no market, no need, no training.

People used to play in the street, look for information in the yellow pages, listen to the radio and such. Not having an enclosure for it... a miracle the thing was able to do something and another miracle someone had the knowledge to operate it.
rei101 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jun 23, 2013, 04:26 PM   #25
otismotive77
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: May 2013
is it really worth 500 grand? isn't it better to donate that money?
otismotive77 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > Mac Blog Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Original 'Rainbow' Apple HQ Signs Up for Auction, Bidding Starts at $10,000 MacRumors Mac Blog Discussion 48 May 21, 2014 06:37 PM
Apple Donates $500,000 to 'SF Gives' Anti-Poverty Initiative MacRumors Mac Blog Discussion 50 May 10, 2014 07:43 PM
Charity Auction Bids for Coffee With Tim Cook Pass $500,000 MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 135 May 7, 2013 03:48 PM
Another Apple 1 Headed to Auction with $125,000 Estimate MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 112 Sep 6, 2012 05:54 PM
Functioning Apple 1 Sells for $375,000 at Sotheby's Auction MacRumors MacRumors.com News Discussion 124 Jun 18, 2012 04:09 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:12 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC