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Apr 12, 2001

A rare "Celebration" Apple-1 computer has fetched $815,000 in an auction hosted by charity auction site CharityBuzz, one of the highest prices an Apple-1 has sold for at auction. During the final minutes of the auction, bids reached $1.2 million, but it appears the last bid was pulled just seconds before the auction ended.


The "Celebration" Apple-1, so named by computer historian Corey Cohen, features a blank "green" PCB board that was never sold to the public and was not a part of a known production run.

The auction included an original Apple-1 ACI cassette board, pre-NTI, with Robinson Nugent sockets, a period correct power supply, an early Apple-1 BASIC cassette labeled and authenticated by original Apple employee Daniel Kottke, Apple-1 manuals, marketing materials, and Cassette Board schematics.

Unlike other Apple-1 computers that have fetched lower prices, the Celebration Apple-1 is not in working condition but could be restored to full functionality with minor tweaks. Cohen recommended against such restoration to preserve the board's uniqueness. "The Apple-1 board is a not just a piece of history, but a piece of art," he said.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak originally created and sold 175 Apple-1 computers during the summer of 1976, marking the launch of Apple computer, a company that's grown to be one of the largest and most influential in the world. Of those 175 machines, only 60 or so are still in existence, making them quite valuable to collectors.

Several Apple-1 computers have surfaced at auction over the past few years, selling for prices between and $365,000 and $905,000.

10 percent of the proceeds from the CharityBuzz auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Article Link: Unique 'Celebration' Apple-1 Sells for $815,000
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Sep 8, 2010
Whew! That's a load of money right there. I can't say that if I had that kind of cash (or credit) that I'd use it to buy something like this. But if the new owner is happy with it, that's what counts!

Also great that 10% of the sale is going to benefit a good charity.


Jul 12, 2016
I think this would be a great conversational and history piece to own. Amazing how much it sold for compared to its actual cost in 1976.
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macrumors 65816
Aug 11, 2014
Somewhere Woz said he had a few boxes of Apple Is in a garage somewhere. Truly "money that hasn't been looked at."
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macrumors 65816
May 8, 2010
West Midlands, England.
I wonder if the shenanigans of pulling the large bid in the final seconds affected the final price it would have otherwise gone for. For example, someone placing that $1.2MM bid may have pushed out bidders that would have payed $900k+ and then didn't have time to bid after the withdrawal.

OK, I'll take the tinfoil off my head now.

Or pushed the highest bidder to bid more, hence more than 1.2k! Unless he was the highest bidder already.


macrumors 603
Nov 4, 2008
Rather have a vintage car. Something I’d enjoy driving and working on. This is vintage trash - it’ll sit there and be useless.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2001
Lund, Sweden
Now, this piece of amateur built, 40 year old electronics is worth silly amounts of money, yet an older, even more significant (to home computer history) Altair 8800 will fetch less than the power adapter for the Apple 1. Granted, there are fewer around to be bought of the Apple 1, but it's still a pretty useless piece of environment unfriendly electronics.
Perhaps Apple should buy them all and give them to Liam? ;)
But hey, Apple is the friendly company that sent 2700 Lisa computers to a landfill, not recycling, in order to save/make money.

Chupa Chupa

macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
Rather have a vintage car. Something I’d enjoy driving and working on. This is vintage trash - it’ll sit there and be useless.

Right, but for people who can afford to spend this kind of $ on, well, anything trivial, likely doesn't have to make that choice. $800K might as well be $800.
What an idiot! The current generation Macs are waaaaay faster!

Yes, but all the programs are digital. No cassette interface! Cassette loaded programs just sound better than harsh digital ones. :D
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macrumors G4
Oct 24, 2014
Woz's early creations command a lot of money these days. I was surprised an accelerator card fetched nearly three times the original price. Can't say the same for the early Macs which only have dumpster value.


macrumors G3
Jul 29, 2003
Silicon Valley
I wonder how many of these circuit boards went from someone's attic into the dumpster or e-waste recycling pile before they became collector's items...
No cassette interface! Cassette loaded programs just sound better than harsh digital ones.

Yes there is. You can plug a cassette player into the audio jack of your Mac or iPhone. There's also source code available on how to turn that audio back into Apple I and II programs and data which you can run on some 6502/Apple emulators.


macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
A strange irony. People now complain about soldered components. Back then, soldering was one of the main ways to upgrade components :)

It's almost unthinkable how far technology has come. Infinite respect to Steve and Steve for being an important step in that milestone.
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macrumors 6502
Apr 14, 2010
Imagine what skill it took to make that board back in the 70's, and to get it to output what it did.
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