Bids for Apple-1 computer built by Steve Jobs pass $500,000


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Could this become the most expensive Apple-1 to ever sell at auction?
Photo: Charitybuzz

Online bids for an original Apple-1 computer, reportedly built by Steve Jobs, have passed $500,000.

The so-called “Celebration” Apple-1 comes with period correct power supply, original Apple-1 ACI cassette board, Apple-1 BASIC cassettes, original marketing material, and the most complete documentation set of the known Apple-1 boards. Only around 60 Apple-1 units are thought to still exist today.

As the Charitybuzz auction notes:

“At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.”

This particular Apple-1 unit was reportedly acquired it in 2000 for $18,000. A minimum of 10 percent of the total funds the auction raises are going to be donated to cancer charity the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Arizona.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the charity auction you can do so here. The bidding ends this Thursday, and the “estimated value” of this particular lot is listed as being $1 million. The most expensive Apple-1 to ever sell went for $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in 2014 — exceeding the expected $300,000-$500,000 target price.

Via: ZDNet

  • CelestialTerrestrial

    I wish I had my original Apple II+ with the Microsoft Softcard Bundle. My father purchased the Microsoft Softcard from Bill Gates personally at one of the HomeBrew User’s Group meetings held back in the late 70’s. The original receipt in Bill’s handwriting. I had the original packaging along with the original receipt in mint condition. But alas, that’s long gone. I think my father donated it to a local school when we got the Apple IIe. I wonder how much they would be worth. :-). Shoulda, woulda, coulda….

  • I’m curious: Did Steve Jobs do any of the actual circuit board soldering and assembly in the early days or was it all Steve Wozniak that did that? I had no idea that Jobs did any actual assembly work back then.