Take a look at the largest collection of Apple prototypes anywhere

By

Apple prototypes
A clear Macintosh SE is among Hap Plains' collection of Apple prototypes.
Photo: CNBC

Just about all of us have a few classic Apple devices we just can’t bear to get rid of.  But Hap Plain takes it to the next level. And beyond. He collects and sells Apple prototypes for top dollar.

He has about 258. And his collection is a more than just a history of the company. It’s a testament all the effort needed to create the great Apple desktops, PDAs, and phones of the past.

The prototypes usually have clear cases, making it easier for engineers to tinker with them. And they look great, especially after they’ve been refurbished.

Apple prototypes
This prototype Newton MessagePad 110 still works.
Photo: CNBC

Apple prototypes for sale

Plain doesn’t just archive these computers. He sells Apple prototypes on eBay under the handle alittlebytedifferent. And these go for premium prices.

In the past few months, he sold a prototype Apple Macintosh SE for $22,600. A prototype Apple Macintosh Portable went for $16,225.

Apple prototypes
This developers Apple Lisa almost sold for $100,000.
Photo: CNBC

Plain told CNBC that he recently tried to sell a developer’s Apple Lisa, and the price was “just under $100,000” when the sale was blocked by Apple’s lawyers. “They are not very keen on having individuals sell prototypes on e-commerce websites,” said the collector.

He also does repairs. Anyone with a Twentieth Anniversary Mac can have the CD drive fixed for $550.

Apple prototypes
The Twentieth Anniversary Mac wasn’t a big seller, but it was very cool.
Photo: CNBC