Auction of working Apple-1 from 1976 should bring big bucks

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In previous auctions, other Apple-1 computers have sold for as much as $815,000.
In previous auctions, other Apple-1 computers have sold for as much as $815,000.
Photo: RR Auction

You can buy a piece of Apple history next month. An Apple-1 computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak will be auctioned off.

But bring your credit card. The auction house expects it to go for about $300,000.

This unit was restored in June by Corey Cohen. RR Auction says it is fully functional, and there were no modifications made.

And it comes fully loaded. There’s an Apple Cassette Interface, ASCII keyboard, and Sanyo 4205 video monitor. The manuals are included, too.

Early bidding in the auction extends from Sept. 13 to Sept. 24. Live bidding will begin September 25 at 1:00 PM ET.

Apple-1 was the very first bite

The Apple-1 was released on April 11, 1976. Designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, with Steve Jobs handling the (limited) marketing, it was funded through the sale of Woz’s HP-65 calculator and Jobs’ VW van.

In terms of specs, this personal computer was incredibly primitive. It came with an 8-bit MOS 6502 microprocessor running at 1 MHz, and 4 KB of memory as standard. Users also had to add their own keyboard and monitor.

Only around 200 Apple-1 computers were ever sold, primarily through Byte Shop, one of the first personal computer stores.

Today, just 63 Apple-1 computers are thought to still survive, and only 15 of these are documented as having worked since 2000.

Luke Dormehl contributed to this article.