Someone Might Make $126K For Auctioning This Broken Apple I

Someone Might Make $126K For Auctioning This Broken Apple I

Should an Apple I still be worth $126k if it doesn’t work?

The Apple I was the first computer built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs back in 1976. They only made 200 units, and sold them for $666.66, but if you happen to own one, you’re sitting on a small fortune.

An Apple I computer is set to be auctioned off at Christie’s on October 9th, and even though it’s inoperable, because it’s missing the required DRAM, the owner of the machine might get $126,000 for it.

What makes the Apple I so special — besides being  the first Apple computer — is that Steve Wozniak built each circuit board by hand, and there are only 50 Apple Is left in the world. Only 6 of those existing machines actually work, and one was just auctioned off in June for $374,000.

This particular Apple I is being sold by former Apple employee, Joe Copson, who tried to sell the Apple I on eBay last year for $179,000, but no one bought it. Christie’s has set the projected sales price range between $79,000 to $126,000.

  • tomp

    whoever wins the bid should sen it to Wozniak for him to fix it…. I think he knows how to do it :)

  • MacAdvisor

    How difficult can acquiring the necessary DRAM be? If that is all that is required to make the system operational and change its value from $125,000 to the $374,000 (the price of an operating Apple I), the investment would seem to be worthwhile.

  • Lars Pallesen

    $126,000? Who says old computers don’t have a high resale value? :-)

  • hanhothi

    How difficult can acquiring the necessary DRAM be? If that is all that is required to make the system operational and change its value from $125,000 to the $374,000 (the price of an operating Apple I), the investment would seem to be worthwhile.

    Former Apple employee Joe Copson would no doubt repair and raise the auction value of the device if it were that easy.

  • hanhothi

    Buster, you gonna keep us updated and report back the final auction price on this?

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