1976 Apple I to Sell For Over $200,000

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:

Tuan Mai
Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • Parsian
    only $200,000 ??? they gotta try harder 30+ years from now when they gonna sell their current Macs in the spirit of Applism
  • spectre195
    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.
  • husker
    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.
  • pbrigido
    So maybe holding on to my 286 IBM will pay off down the road.

    Sorry, just dreaming here.
  • tektek2000
    No it Cant!
  • gmarsack
    looks like Apple product prices haven't changed in 34 years. :)
  • awood28211
    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.
  • smeker
    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...
  • eddieroolz
    Surprised it's only $200,000 really. Thought fanatical collectors would pay more than that.
  • pale paladin
    a total hunk of crap. I should have saved my craps from 1987 they would be worth millions if this is worth 200k.