Rare Apple-1 goes up for auction and can fetch $600,000
(RTTNews) – One of the remaining Apple-1 computers, the first products offered by Apple Inc (AAPL) will be up for grabs at an auction on Tuesday.
The machine, made by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in his Los Altos home nearly 45 years ago, is one of the rarest technological artifacts available in the world and should attract the attention of many collectors as it does not there are only 200. .
John Moran Auctioneers will run the “Chaffey College Apple-1” and the house said the computer will have a starting price of $200,000, but the price is expected to hit $500,000 when it sells.
Of the 200 kits made by the founders, with the help of Patty Jobs and Daniel Kottke, 50 all-in-one kits were sold to ByteShop in California. The machine is only one of 60 that still exist. The fact that only 20 of these computers exist in working order makes the product even rarer.
Shop owner Paul Terrell wasn’t happy to receive the kits, instead of finished computers, but Wozniak convinced him he could make them any way he wanted, and also sell spare keyboards. and other parts.
The one up for auction is one of only six systems that was built in a case made from koa wood, a type of wood that was abundant on the West Coast in the 1970s. According to John Moran Auctioneers, “The Apple Computer -1 has had only two owners. It was originally purchased by an electronics professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, who later sold it to his student in 1977.”
The machine has been restored by Apple-1 experts. According to JMA, the package will also contain other important items. They added: “The bundle comes with a bound copy of the Authentication and Occupational Status Report and a Proof of Life DVD.”
In 2014, an auction house sold a similar model for a whopping $905,000. Nathan Martinez, director of advertising and marketing at John Moran, told the East Bay Times, “When you see certain items, you just know they’re going to be stars. The Apple-1 is one of them.”
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