Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record Auction Price of $671,400

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    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 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.

    Article Link: Working Apple 1 Computer Sells for Record Auction Price of $671,400
     
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    but can it play Minecraft?
     
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    Dr McKay

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    No, but it can play Crysis.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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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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    I got a working Colecovision ... how much can I get for that??? :confused:
     
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    That's almost a $1 million. Pretty crazy. That computer could buy me a couple of nice cars! :D
     
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    Kissaragi

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    That paperwork is in very good condition, no wonder it went for such a lot.
     
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    melchior

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    not really
     
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    BornAgainMac

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    That is more expensive than having a cup of coffee.
     
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    The wrong people have money
     
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    I like your math. I'll give you $650 and you give me $1000 back. $650 is almost $1000...no?;):D
     
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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! :p

    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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    A GTR and LFA. Or Lambo and an LFA or other car so yeah! ;)
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


    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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    Think he means cachet.
     

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