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.