Apple I charity auction could top $1 million

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This Apple 1 board is one of a kind.
This Apple 1 board is one of a kind.
Photo: CharityBuzz

An incredibly rare and unique Apple I computer is set to hit the auction block next week, and it could break the record for the most money ever paid for one of Jobs and Woz’s first computers.

CharityBuzz revealed today that it will auction off an original Apple 1, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Because the circuit board on the item up for auction is rare even among the 60 or so surviving Apple 1 computers left in existence, it could pull in more than $1 million.

Dubbed the “Celebration Apple-1,” the computer comes with unique features, such as a period-correct power supply, an original Apple-1 ACI cassette board, early Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told CharityBuzz the board is unique because no known PCB boards of this type were ever sold to the public. This Apple 1 is the only one in existence to show signs of having started as a blank original-run board, instead of being one of the original production runs that Woz and Jobs sold.

Even though the computer isn’t in working condition, it’s still expected that the Apple 1 auction will top previous Apple 1 auction prices. Bidding for the Celebration Apple 1 will begin Monday, July 25, and will continue through August 25.