Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
62,940
29,578


Apple-1 computers are some of the rarest and most expensive Apple-related collectors items that go up for sale, and RR Auction today announced a "Steve Jobs and the Computer Revolution" auction that includes an Apple-1 computer.

apple-1-computer-domain.jpg

The Apple-1 for sale is "undiscovered," as it was not on the known list of remaining Apple-1 devices until 2023. It was first used as a demonstration system at the Data Domain computer store in Columbus, Indiana in 1977. After that, it was given to the current owner.


The machine was signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and it is in full operational condition. There were around 200 Apple-1 computers produced in 1976, and 175 of those were sold. A limited number of the devices remain, and they can sell for upwards of $400,000. The Data Domain Apple-1 is considered an "exceptional and historic" example of one of the machines, and RR Auction expects it to sell for over $500,000.

An original, sealed iPhone is up for sale as well, notable as a sealed first-generation iPhone just sold for more than $63,000, quite a premium over the initial $599 retail price. Bids for the RR Auction model are already at $5,000, and it is expected to sell for well over $20,000.

Other items up for sale include notes handwritten by Steve Jobs, a Steve Jobs-signed check, a Steve Jobs business card, an Apple IIe, a Macintosh 128K prototype computer, an Apple Lisa, an Apple Computer stock certificate, an Apple Computer latch hook rug, a collection of Apple pins and keychains, and more.

Article Link: Signed Apple-1 and Sealed Original iPhone Expected to Fetch High Prices at Auction
 
  • Like
Reactions: compwiz1202

erikkfi

macrumors 65816
May 19, 2017
1,465
6,516
I love old computers but the appeal of the Apple 1 is just lost on me. It looks slapdash and quite ugly. Still more attractive than a Twentieth Anniversary Mac, but those don't go for hundreds of thousands at auction.
 
  • Like
Reactions: arkitect

abbeybound

macrumors member
Jul 29, 2014
71
123
I love old computers but the appeal of the Apple 1 is just lost on me. It looks slapdash and quite ugly. Still more attractive than a Twentieth Anniversary Mac, but those don't go for hundreds of thousands at auction.
It's just the rarity. Apple didn't make any of the cases, either. All they sold was the bare motherboard. Not winning any design awards but still an incredible and rare piece of history.
 

QCassidy352

macrumors G5
Mar 20, 2003
12,027
6,036
Bay Area
I have an iPhone 2G. I’ll let it go for a mere $31,500, 50% off! Granted, it’s unsealed, but the lucky buyer is getting everything except a piece of cellophane and saving 31 grand. Don’t all jump at once, ok?
 
  • Like
Reactions: mrgraff

Jensend

macrumors 65816
Dec 19, 2008
1,250
1,437
If I buy a Reality Pro and keep it sealed in the box for the next 20 years, how much will I get for it?
 

zorinlynx

macrumors G3
May 31, 2007
8,112
17,314
Florida, USA
I love how they're selling a vintage computer worth half a million dollars but couldn't muster a video resolution higher than 480p.

Maybe they're using a vintage camera to set the mood? Bewildering, that.
 

zorinlynx

macrumors G3
May 31, 2007
8,112
17,314
Florida, USA
It's just the rarity. Apple didn't make any of the cases, either. All they sold was the bare motherboard. Not winning any design awards but still an incredible and rare piece of history.
Yeah, that's the thing. There's enough wealthy people out there who want the tiny pool of available Apple I computers that they bid them up to crazy huge amounts.

It only takes two rich people who want something in an auction to make it worth a fortune.
 

usagora

macrumors 601
Nov 17, 2017
4,869
4,451
I remember seeing this video before and thought it might be the same Apple I, but it's not the same one:

 
  • Like
Reactions: Morod

Blackstick

macrumors 65816
Aug 11, 2014
1,162
5,443
OH
The battery inside that iPhone is toast. Lithium polymer doesn't handle 16 years of storage that gracefully.
 

JoshNori

macrumors regular
Aug 5, 2022
176
196
I’d pay a few hundred grand for this simply because it doesn’t have push notifications.
 

didaho

macrumors newbie
Oct 18, 2014
23
7
I have an iPhone 2G. I’ll let it go for a mere $31,500, 50% off! Granted, it’s unsealed, but the lucky buyer is getting everything except a piece of cellophane and saving 31 grand. Don’t all jump at once, ok?
I have two and they've already been specially prepared to save the curious new owner the trouble of pondering what's inside.
 

JoshNori

macrumors regular
Aug 5, 2022
176
196
Whispers to much younger self…
“Buy 2. Keep 1 in the shrink wrap for later! Better than any stock, and 2008 is gonna suck!!”
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.