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Sotheby's Sells Apple 1 for $374,500

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.

  • mouse24
    Seems like a pretty standard price for an apple pc.
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  • spookyman
    fools and their money
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  • TheBigTroll
    macs back then had more value than today. back then, they are like a boutique gaming pc
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  • shin0bi272
    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
    Hey, at least the Apple 1 is repairable. All you need are the parts.
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  • molo9000
    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
    hmm looks like there are some apple fanboys left on Toms...
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  • dkcomputer
    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
    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
    I wonder if my Chromebook will be worth something in 30 years...
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