On Saturday Cult of Mac reported that a working Apple 1 failed to sell at auction in Germany, a notable result in the growing market for vintage Apple collectibles. It turns out that result was premature: the Apple 1 did sell for €246,000 ($330,000), after bidding on the item had closed.
This Apple 1 came from the original batch of 50 that Jobs and Woz sold to the Byte Shop in 1976. It was numbered 46 and included the original operation manuals, software cassettes, and shipping box with a signature from Woz.
The opening price was €180,000 ($242,820). While the online bidding site still shows the unit as unsold (as of this writing), Cult of Mac contacted Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany and received clarification from Uwe Breker:
The Apple 1 was sold was sold right after it was closed in the auction as 2 bidders were surprised that it didn’t sell and called immediately and left their bids: Euro 180.000 resp. 200.000, so the final price was Euro 246.000,- or US$ 330,000,-
$330,000 represents a softening of the Apple 1 market by about half – Breker previously sold an Apple 1 for the record setting price of $671,000 – but this doesn’t represent a total collapse. A necessary market correction to a Silicon Bubble, perhaps?
Apparently a few people realized the chance to acquire a working Apple 1 was too good a deal to pass up!
The Breker Press Release in its entirety is below:
Steve Jobs’ Hand-Built Apple 1 Computer from 1976 sold for € 246.000,- / US$ 330,000.-
On the 16 November 2013 the icon of computer history sold for an historical price for the third time in a row at Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany.
The 1976 Apple I was the first PC in the world to offer monitor and keyboard access. Not only were the monitor, software and peripherals in near-mint working condition, but the motherboard also retained its original cardboard shipping box that had been signed and authenticated by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak !
The computer was number 46 in Jobs’ and Wozniak’s earliest order of 50 units by Apple’s very first customer, Californian electronics chain the ”Byte Shop”.
The first series of Apple computers were assembled in the Jobs’ family house before the youthful firm moved into its now legendary garage workshop in his parental home. The scarce photograph shows a pile of identical white boxes awaiting shipment in one of the bedrooms.
The buyer from Overseas wants to be anonymous.
Other rare computers in the auction also fetched astounding prices; a prototype of the first actual Mac, the “Apple Macintosh” – affectionately known as the ”Twiggy Mac” – from 1983 sold for tremendously high € 30.750,- / US$ 41,200.-
Nearly 150 years older, the world’s first commercially produced calculator, Thomas de Colmar’s 1835 ”Arithmometer”, in ornate boulle case sold for a new world record price of € 233.650,- / US$ 313,000.- to a new home in the country of its creation, France.
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