Original Apple I computer gets $630,000 at auction
posted by Maxwell R. / Dec 14, 2012, 12:50 AM
This Apple I computer is fully functional, and based on the video below, had all its original documentation, comes loaded with a tape drive, and cassettes to load BASIC. Steve Wozniak signed some of the pieces that came with the computer, which he used to build by hand back in 1976.
Back then, the computer sold for $666.66 ($500.00, plus 33% mark-up) and was basically an assembled circuit board. The buyer still had to provide a power supply, keyboard and display. The Apple I had a speedy 1MHz processor and standard 4KB of memory which could be expanded to a mega-48KB.
Apple’s first production computer has since become a collector’s item, commanding nose-bleed prices at high-profile auctions. Earlier this year, Sotheby’s sold a first generation Apple computer for $374,500. Apple’s status is certainly brining the area of vintage computer collecting to new heights. Check out the working Apple I that was just auctioned off in the video below.
source: Business Insider
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The guy paid too much for this junk.
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 12:52 AM 18
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just goes to show after all advancements in tech and science humanity has accomplished....there are a still a few exceptions of nature out there! OR this guy was really high :)
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 12:56 AM 3
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lol 'Stove' Wozniak
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 1:59 AM 6
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If it wasn't for Steve Wozniak, their wouldn't be Apple... Notice how in the graphics demo, whose picture came up first "1st". Nobody but the" Woz", da MAN!!! But at $666. back in 1976, shows how consistently high the price has been at Apple. 666 'o,o' the devil.
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 2:10 AM 0
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Thanks, must have been thinking "Woz" when writing his first name. ;-)
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 2:23 AM 1
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in 20 years the htc G1 will worth the same
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 2:08 AM 0
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Not even close since millions of people adopted it. This is a classic collectors item as it was VERY niche. Nobody was into computers when this was released whereas everyone was into smartphones when the G1 was. There were MANY before it. Doesn't matter it was the first Android phone the same principles don't apply there. People spend ridiculous amounts of money for paintings that hang on a wall to be admired. This will share the same future. As it should. It wasn't the first computer by any means but one of in not the first personal computer packed in such a manner that still gets shipped today. Monitor, PC, input devices... Not really sure what the first smartphone is considered...
posted on Dec 14, 2012, 8:17 AM 0
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