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09/2013 | Apple One Sells For Nearly $388,000

October 31, 2013


Apple-1 computer fetched nearly $388,000. Christie’s has just sold one of the original Apple One computers, put together in the garage of Steve Jobs‘ parents, for $387,000 during an online auction of vintage tech products. The Apple-1, one of the first 25 Apple-1 computers, was designed and hand built by Steve Wozniak in 1976. It’s thought there are less than 50 Apple-1 computers still in existence.

Some commentators had speculated it could fetch over $1 million, but although it broke the $300,000 low estimate that Christie’s set for the computer, it fetched considerably less than Christie’s high estimate of $500,000. The price paid was also well below the €516,471 ($663,000) fetched for a functioning Apple-1 in May this year at an auction in Cologne, Germany.

(Image source: Christie's)


The Apple 1 Registry

September 15, 2011

The Apple 1 Registry

Introduciton

Apple 1's were built in batches and each batch had a slightly different mix of components.  This is an attempt to catalog known Apple 1s and provide as much detail as possible about each one.  The earliest known owner,  will be used as the base identifier.

 


Apple-1 computer sold for $213,600 USD

November 23, 2010

Christie's auction house in London today sold an Apple-1 computer for £133,250, or $213,600.

The lot, which went up for auction at 9:30 a.m. ET today, had an estimated value of between $160,300 and $240,450.

Apple-1
The Apple-1 sold today came with the original packaging, manuals, cassette interface and basic tape, early documentation and provenance, and a commercially rare letter from Steve Jobs.

Two hundred Apple-1 computers are estimated to have been created and sold for $666.66 before Apple Computer Inc. was founded in 1977. Once the Apple II, the company's first official product, was released, many of the Apple-1 models were reclaimed as trade-ins. Only about 50 are still known to exist, many of them indexed by hardware developer Mike Willegal.

Of those 200 machines, Christie's Apple-1 is No. 82. This same Apple-1 is thought to be the same one that was sold on eBay in November 2009 by a user named "apple1sale" to "julescw72". At the time, it sold for a winning bid of $50,000.

The original Apple-1 was sold as a fully assembled circuit board with 4KB of memory but no case, power supply, keyboard or monitor. Christie's Apple-1 included the machine's original packaging, manuals, cassette interface and basic tape, documentation and a letter from Steve Jobs, but some parts may not have been original, said computer hobbyist and retrocomputing expert Eric Rucker.


"The CPU is a Rockwell plastic part, not a MOS [6502] white ceramic part," he noted, identifying what Christie's item description called "a few slightly later additions." Apple-1 inventor and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was on hand for the auction, according to the Wall Street Journal.


The winner of the Christie's auction was Marco Boglione, an Italian collector.


Running With the Apple

January 19, 2009

 
Running With the Apple - about the Puma RS-Computer Shoe at


The Ultimate Apple II Font by Rebecca Bettencourt

December 30, 2008

The Ultimate Apple II Font

Download the world's most complete Apple II text font, in TrueType format. Works on Mac OS X, Windows, or any operating system that supports TrueType.

Also download the corresponding keyboard layout for Mac OS X, called IN Number Zero. Option key enables access to inverse characters. Control-Shift enables access to MouseText characters.

Additional characters have been added to the font to support all of ISO-Latin-1, Windows ANSI, and MacRoman, as well as box drawing characters and other miscellaneous Unicode characters. These additional characters have been modeled after the actual accented characters on international versions of the Apple II where possible. MouseText is encoded at 0x80-0x9F, and at the appropriate Unicode code points where possible.


The very first sign used by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

December 16, 2008

APPLE COMPUTER'S FIRST TRADE SIGN For sell is the very first sign used by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to promote their fledgling start-up, Apple Computer Co. at the first trade shows they attended in 1976, and which remained in service for years outside the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California. The sign measures an impressive 100" long x 22 1/2" tall, and its original weathered wood frame is about 1 1/2" thick. You can bid on this piece of computer history at http://auctions.alexautographs.com

picture courtessy of alexautographs.com


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