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A Steve Jobs and Apple auction coming from Boston-based RR Auction in August will see the sale of several classic Macs and other Apple memorabilia, including a rare Apple-1 computer, an Apple II manual signed by Steve Jobs, a leather bomber jacket worn by Jobs, and more.

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The Apple-1 that's going up for sale is from the collection of Roger Wagner, and it was previously sold in April 2002 at the Vintage Computer Festival in 2002. Wagner, who authored the first book on assembly-language programming for the Apple II, is a friend of Steve Wozniak.


The Apple-1 was restored to working condition by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, and it is functional with a condition rating of 7/10. It comes with the original Apple-1 board, Cassette Interface, cassettes, Panasonic Portable Cassette Tape Recorder and Player, an Apple II keyboard, 11 original Apple-1 Operating Manual pages signed by Ronald Wayne, and more.

Apple-1 machines were the first computers produced by Apple and sold by Steve Jobs out of his parents' garage back in 1976. Priced at $666.66, there were originally 175 Apple-1 computers manufactured, but less than half of those are still in existence, so these machines fetch high prices at auction.

Bidding on the Apple-1 will start at $50,000, and RR Auction estimates that it could sell for as much as $450,000. Last March, a functional Apple-1 computer sold for $458,000, though it was in slightly better condition. Some Apple-1 machines have sold for up to $815,000.

Along with the Apple-1, RR Auction is selling Steve Jobs' bomber jacket, which was worn in the 1983 "middle finger to IBM" photo, and an Apple II manual that was signed by Steve Jobs and Mark Markkula. Addressed to Julian Brewer, the note in the manual reads "Julian, Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world! Steven Jobs, 1980." Julian Brewer is the son of Michael Brewer, who negotiated distribution rights for Apple in the UK in 1979.

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RR Auctions expects that the jacket and the manual could fetch prices upwards of $25,000.

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There are several other bits of Apple memorabilia that are being auctioned off, including a Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak Signed issue of Macworld, a program signed by Jobs, a letter signed by Jobs, a 128K Macintosh motherboard signed by Jobs and Jef Raskin, a Steve Jobs business card, and more.

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All of the items in the auction will go up for sale on August 13.


Article Link: Working Apple-1 Computer, and Jobs' Leather Bomber Jacket and Other Apple Memorabilia Going up for Auction
 

ThunderSkunk

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“Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world!”

Guys, I don’t think he meant to change it for the worse. You did it wrong, Julian. We all did. Especially Zuck.
Well I wouldn't say all. I worked with some people whose mission in life was to use the tech change the world to improve the quality of life. American industry and culture didnt have much use for them & they all ended up ruined. But that was before it all crossed the point of no return. It’s interesting to see artifacts of that time, almost presented as long-lost archeological finds.
 
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MartiNZ

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The ASCII art of the modern Apple products was very cool. I think this is the first time I've seen a 1 actually doing anything of note. Cool video, and amazing that these keep on going, and coming back for sale!
 

gsmornot

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Everytime I see a PC like this, a first of its kind, and realize it was not that many years ago is astounding. I have been here for it all but so much has changed in this time.
 

nwcs

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10 years ago was the time to sell all this stuff. While interesting, I don’t think bidding will be as intense these days.
 

yaxomoxay

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Everytime I see a PC like this, a first of its kind, and realize it was not that many years ago is astounding. I have been here for it all but so much has changed in this time.
Go check Apollo's Guidance Computer rope memory and how they... built it...
 
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yaxomoxay

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“Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world!”

Guys, I don’t think he meant to change it for the worse. You did it wrong, Julian. We all did. Especially Zuck.
As someone of that generation - I grew up with computers, BBS', early [public] internet - I am not happy about what I see. It's possible that I am just getting old (41 now...). Also technology is getting... boring imo, everything is so serious...
 

yaxomoxay

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I like Apple. The number of Apple devices I own and my stock portfolio will attest to that. But the hagiography and collection of sacred relics surrounding St. Steve has gotten ridiculous.
And think that in just 100/150 years most people won't even know Steve Jobs' name.
 

velocityg4

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“Your generation is the first to grow up with computers. Go change the world!”

Guys, I don’t think he meant to change it for the worse. You did it wrong, Julian. We all did. Especially Zuck.

Always remember. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
 

JahBoolean

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Well I wouldn't say all. I worked with some people whose mission in life was to use the tech change the world to improve the quality of life. American industry and culture didnt have much use for them & they all ended up ruined. But that was before it all crossed the point of no return. It’s interesting to see artifacts of that time, almost presented as long-lost archeological finds.
Would you mind sharing some examples, I share the character and would prefer to avoid a life of ruin and misfortune.
 
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