Another Working Apple 1 Heads to Auction with $500,000 Estimate

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  1. macrumors bot



    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.
    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
  2. macrumors 6502

    Should get a nice payout for keeping it around in a cardboard box for nearly 35 years.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    very cool
  4. macrumors 68000


    So its just the Apple 1 circuit board? I'm confused...
  5. macrumors 65816

    That is all Apple sold. It was up to the user to build a case and add the other parts.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Talk about fragmentation. ha ha ha.
  7. ajo
    macrumors 6502

    Should I buy now or wait?
  8. macrumors 65816

    I'd wait for the 1S :)
  9. macrumors 68000


    I see. Thanks.
  10. macrumors 68030


  11. macrumors 6502a

    How are those capacitors still alive when all the iMac G5 capacitors are blowing up?
  12. macrumors newbie

    Maybe these are all devices that've been produced during the making of the Jobs movie... You know, when Ashton was bored or something...
  13. macrumors 6502a

    they cant blow up if you never turn them on lol
  14. macrumors 6502

    I wonder what my old Apple II Plus is worth? Lol
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Quality really went downhill after the Apple 1 ;)
  16. macrumors 65816

    Some go for under 200 bucks on eBay ;)
  17. macrumors 68000

    Wish I'd bought one in 76... but I was only 5 at the time :lol:
  18. macrumors regular

    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 :(
  19. macrumors 6502

    Digital Dude

    MacRumors got word that the new version ships with a cardboard box. 'This changes everything' :D
  20. macrumors 65816


    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.
  21. macrumors newbie

    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. :eek:
  22. macrumors 65816

    Cardboard? It's called invocation :)
  23. macrumors 6502

    Waiting for the 1.5 would get you a new flat design.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  25. macrumors 6502

    is it really worth 500 grand? isn't it better to donate that money?

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