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Sotheby's Sells Apple 1 for $374,500

By - Source: Reuters | B 17 comments

You should have invested in an Apple 1 when they were still affordable.

A couple weeks ago, we reported that Apple lovers could have a shot at owning a pristine Apple 1 computer that Sotheby's was to feature at one of its auctions. The estimated value was $120,000 to $180,000, which made it a rather good deal, given the fact that another system sold for $213,600 in November 2010 (even though that system came with a letter from Steve Jobs). So it is even more surprising that that this auction scored a stunning $374,500 from an anonymous bidder who phoned his offer in.

The Apple 1 is said to be fully functional. It is one of 200 motherboards with a MOS 6502 8-bit, 1 MHz CPU made by Jobs and Wozniak in 1976 that sold for $666.66. Included in the lot was a cassette interface that was sold in 1976 for an additional $75, as well as a preliminary Apple BASIC user manual.

Only 50 of those 200 boards are believed to be still in existence. The first IBM PC, the model 5150 released in 1982, is not quite as rare as the Apple 1 and currently sells for around $800 in auctions - Ebay auctions, not Sotheby's auctions, of course.

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    mouse24 , June 18, 2012 1:08 PM
    Seems like a pretty standard price for an apple pc.
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    mouse24 , June 18, 2012 1:08 PM
    Seems like a pretty standard price for an apple pc.
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    spookyman , June 18, 2012 1:09 PM
    fools and their money
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    TheBigTroll , June 18, 2012 1:10 PM
    macs back then had more value than today. back then, they are like a boutique gaming pc
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    shin0bi272 , June 18, 2012 1:32 PM
    LOL it sold for $666.66 originally... who says jobs didnt sell his soul for success?

    Does anyone really care about apple now? I think most of the reason apple is so popular is the media hype surrounding their products. If you stop reporting on them they'll stop making an impact.
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    A Bad Day , June 18, 2012 1:37 PM
    Hey, at least the Apple 1 is repairable. All you need are the parts.
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    molo9000 , June 18, 2012 2:26 PM
    TheBigTrollmacs back then had more value than today. back then, they are like a boutique gaming pc


    They were not like a boutique gaming PC. They were the only PC you could buy at that point in time.

    This thing can be considered the start of the personal computer revolution.
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    shin0bi272 , June 18, 2012 2:29 PM
    hmm looks like there are some apple fanboys left on Toms...
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    dkcomputer , June 18, 2012 3:36 PM
    I hope people don't start to think that their old computers will be worth something someday. Understand this was a very limited release, and is worth more than say a 1 off that was sold or given to a specific vendor. My father invented the kvm switch, and personally met with every big shot in the industry in the 90's, and has several documents regarding patent purchases from apple with steve jobs signature on them - and I couldn't sell them on ebay. Everything he touches isn't gold.
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    dtemple , June 18, 2012 3:51 PM
    Worth more than a Macbook Pro 15-inch w/Retina Display by a factor of almost 200x, simply because it's not glued shut and unrepairable.
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    afrobacon , June 18, 2012 3:52 PM
    I wonder if my Chromebook will be worth something in 30 years...
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    Anonymous , June 18, 2012 3:54 PM
    WOW, great price for that legendary piece of history! 1 out of a remaining 50 from a crop of 200? I hope it ends up in a display at Berkeley and not in some hobbyist's basement.
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    capt_taco , June 18, 2012 3:57 PM
    Apple ... overpriced as usual
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    del35 , June 18, 2012 4:17 PM
    Adding more insult to injury. This is a really good measure of just how dumb stupid people can be.

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    back_by_demand , June 18, 2012 4:29 PM
    Sothebys are probably disappointed that they couldn't get more, it's only a few dollars more than MSRP retail
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    bloodymaze , June 18, 2012 5:11 PM
    See Steve Jobs was the antichrist: The Apple 1 is said to be fully functional. It is one of 200 motherboards with a MOS 6502 8-bit, 1 MHz CPU made by Jobs and Wozniak in 1976 that sold for $666.66.

    Tsk, just subliminally charging the devilish price...
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , June 18, 2012 6:10 PM
    WTF is someone buying this at that price. I could see buying the computer as a collectible, but not at $374,000. I'd like to contact that buyer. I have a jar of Steve Jobs' farts I collected. They are suppose to be magical.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , June 19, 2012 5:23 PM
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    I wonder if my Chromebook will be worth something in 30 years...

    Only if it was blessed by his holiness Jobs.