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1976 Apple I to Sell For Over $200,000

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Working out of his parent's garage, Steve Jobs introduced to the world in 1976, the Apple-1 computer that would evolve into a legacy and corporate giant.

Now collectors and apple "fanboys" have a chance to own a piece of the legacy by bidding on one of the original 200 wood-encased Apple-1 computers, built personally by a very young Jobs and Wozniak. This rare and unique collectible is going on auction at Christie's on November 23.

One of the 200 original wood-encased Apple-1 computers, built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in their garage in 1976, is going up for auction at Christie’s in London on November 23.

Originally sold for an eerie $666.66, the Apple-1 is expected to sell for over $200,000, proving that it really can pay off to let ancient pieces of junk collect dust in your attic.

The winner of the auction will be receiving an Apple-1 motherboard, 8K bytes of RAM, and a couple capacitors, connectors and interfaces. The original shipping box and several other goodies, such as a typed letter from Steve Jobs to the original owner all pictured here:

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    Parsian , November 12, 2010 4:08 PM
    only $200,000 ??? they gotta try harder 30+ years from now when they gonna sell their current Macs in the spirit of Applism
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    spectre195 , November 12, 2010 4:19 PM
    How did they sell any computers, that look like expensive hill billy typewriters? It's amazing they got of the garage with a product like that.
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    husker , November 12, 2010 4:19 PM
    The opening sentence of the article states that you can bid on a wood encased computer. It then becomes clear that the wood case is not included as part of the item, nor is the keyboard, and who knows what else. That is why it is only going for 200K instead of a lot more.
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    pbrigido , November 12, 2010 4:31 PM
    So maybe holding on to my 286 IBM will pay off down the road.

    Sorry, just dreaming here.
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    tektek2000 , November 12, 2010 4:38 PM
    No it Cant!
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    gmarsack , November 12, 2010 4:42 PM
    looks like Apple product prices haven't changed in 34 years. :) 
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    awood28211 , November 12, 2010 4:50 PM
    I have this awesome vision that if I were rolling in the millions I'd just want to buy this...call a press event...and steamroll this machine.. literally....just run a steamroller right over it...back up and doing it again and again...and I'd find the lowest paid guy janitor at Apple to drive it...and pay him 3x his salary to do so... Why? Because I hate Apple that much. That's my opinion and I'm stickin to it.
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    smeker , November 12, 2010 5:01 PM
    spectre195How did they sell any computers, that look like expensive hill billy typewriters? It's amazing they got of the garage with a product like that.

    Very insightful comment.
    Great job numbnut...
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    eddieroolz , November 12, 2010 5:01 PM
    Surprised it's only $200,000 really. Thought fanatical collectors would pay more than that.
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    pale paladin , November 12, 2010 5:41 PM
    a total hunk of crap. I should have saved my craps from 1987 they would be worth millions if this is worth 200k.
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    christop , November 12, 2010 5:42 PM
    I wonder what I can get for my apple II?
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    STravis , November 12, 2010 5:49 PM
    huskerThe opening sentence of the article states that you can bid on a wood encased computer. It then becomes clear that the wood case is not included as part of the item, nor is the keyboard, and who knows what else. That is why it is only going for 200K instead of a lot more.


    Good catch there; will be interesting to see what it REALLY fetches (you know what they say about rich people having more money than sense). The reality, is that this MOBO is useless, the caps are probably dried up and even though you may pay $200K for it, an Indian/Chinese recycler will give you a couple of pennies for it.
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    Gin Fushicho , November 12, 2010 5:51 PM
    I'm gonna laugh if someone who has only Windows computers in their homes purchases this, and gives the reason, "Because it was actually good back then".
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    juncture , November 12, 2010 5:52 PM
    Originally sold for an eerie $666.66


    I knew it, Apple is the Devil!
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    rjandric , November 12, 2010 5:57 PM
    8 bits of history.
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    lradunovic77 , November 12, 2010 6:10 PM
    Commodore owned Apple and PC
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    Dirtman73 , November 12, 2010 6:17 PM
    I've got a circa 1976 Texas Instruments calculator, asking price: $3,000. Anyone foolish enough to buy it from me?
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    crusak , November 12, 2010 6:20 PM
    Dang it, I should've kept that vintage 1986 Tandy 1000EX computer. It'd be worth a mint in 10 years.

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    t_wilson , November 12, 2010 6:50 PM
    What a joke.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 12, 2010 7:05 PM
    BUT...BUT...BUT...Can it play...Oregon Trail??

    You probably expected me to say "Crysis". :) 
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