Functioning Apple 1 Sells for $375,000 at Sotheby's Auction

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A functioning Apple 1 computer, one of the first 200 computers sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, sold for $374,500 including the 12% buyer's premium at a Sotheby's action in New York. The Apple 1 originally sold for $666.66. The BBC notes that only about 50 Apple 1's still exist and only a handful actually work.

    Early Apple memorabilia has been a hot ticket recently. Sotheby's sold Apple's founding corporate papers -- signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne -- in December for nearly $1.6 million.

    Article Link: Functioning Apple 1 Sells for $375,000 at Sotheby's Auction
  2. applesith macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    Might be easier to find one of those than the Retina MBP.
  3. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Some people like to collect things. The first product hand-built by one of the founders of one of the most storied corporations in world history might be an interesting thing to collect.
  4. wickerman1893 macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    Because you are buying one of the most important artifacts of world history ever made.
  5. macnerd93 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2009
    United Kingdom
    such an amazing piece of computing history. I wonder if any Apple I's have been tucked away in boxes in attics and what not and forgotten about over the years. Be awesome if someone was sat on almost 400,000 grand and they didn't know LOL.

    Wish it was me though, but all I have in my loft is a Commodore and a ZX81 :(
  6. gregwyattjr macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2008
    Now, who is selling the original Apple I packaging?
  7. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Over stating it a bit aren't you?!

    Shame I only had $374,000 to spend. :mad:
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    Hey, more power to the buyer. But from my perspective, I ask why? Why pay that much for it and what could I do with it, aside from looking at it, pointing and saying "well, there it is."
  9. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    People love collecting stuff. I like to collect G shocks, especially Jap releases. Not so expensive and there is something enjoyable about having them.
  10. fixmymac macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland
    Old Stuff

    I have a customer, who worked with Woz, during his time at HP. On my second visit to him we talked about older Macs. I waxed lyrical about my original Macintosh and he listened intently. He then told me that he had a collection of old Macs out in the garage that he would show me sometime. On my third visit, he duly obliged.

    Neatly laid out on three shelves were 6 Apple II computers, 4 of which worked fine. He then pulled a fabric cover off the stuff on the bottom shelf to reveal three Apple I computers. I was assured that two of them were fully functional and that he also had complete paperwork and packaging for them. Was he not a very ill, wheelchair-bound man, i would have asked to see them running.

    I was then shown an email conversation between him and Mr Wozniak. They had remained in touch with each other and Woz had promised that he would fix up his broken II's and I, if possible and would be sure to pack his soldering iron if he was ever visiting the country.
  11. kurosov macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2009
    For the very same reason people collect antiques or relics.
  12. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I wouldn't go that far, but it is indeed a rare historical item from the beginnings of a very well known company, it's sure to worth something great to somebody.
  13. SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I understand that, which is why I stated "from my perspective", as if it were me going to buy the Apple I. I'm not a collector or an art buff, so I don't see the value in much of those things for me, which is why I question it.

    Just like beauty, I believe that value is also in the eye of the beholder.

    So obviously, it was worth the $375K to the buyer. If it were me, I wouldn't give $1 for it, simply because I have no use for an Apple I. Unless my intention was to resell it for an excessive amount of money. :p
  14. Marzzz macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2002
    The Desert
    I'm waiting for the upgraded version with Retina Display.
  15. clibinarius, Jun 15, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2012

    clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    Hey, moron who bought this:

    You can buy a top of the line retina display macbook pro instead. Much better value, cheaper and more functional!

    Really? People take this comment seriously? Oh right, I made fun of insane fan boys with too much money while promoting fanboyism. My bad.
  16. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    How many artifacts can you point to that represent the starting point of a total revolution in how humans communicate and process information? Is it not as important as some dusty spear head from some battle of some war that won some country some land?
  17. Swain macrumors member

    Nov 6, 2011
    You can say the same about any painting or art-related. Why do people pay millions for let's say a work of Damien Hirst?
  18. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009

    Granted, once a component burns out, replacement costs to make it functional again will be high, and even time and the laws of physics... even if the new owner never powers it on, to test it as 'fully operational' and sell it...

    There really are times when we place too much value on things.
  19. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    About 50 of these exist in the world and of them only a few are operational. That makes this item a rare collectible item. If you've got the money to burn, why not? I wouldn't necessarily buy if I had that kind of money to each his/her own. Definitely a piece of history from the worlds top tech companies and makes for one hell of a conversation piece.
  20. dashiel macrumors 6502a

    Nov 12, 2003
    And you thought the “new” MacPros were overpriced.
  21. InfoTime macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    I'll save everyone the trouble...

    Wow! Only 4KB RAM? $600? !!

    Bill Gates said no one would ever need more than 640KB.

    I remember when I paid x for y in z
    (i.e. I remember when I paid $400 for 16MB RAM in 1995)

    where x = a $ amount, y = some amount of storage or memory, and z = the year.

    There, that'll keep about a page of senseless posts out of this thread. :D
  22. HornetMontana macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2012

    What's with the original price of $666.66 ?

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