Pick up this ultra-rare Apple-1 with wood case for a mere $1.75 million

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Apple-1 in a Byte Shop wooden case
This Apple-1 has a mind-boggling price, but it’s nearly unique.
Photo: krishmiti/eBay

The original Apple-1 is rare, but an eBay auction going on now is for a nearly unique version with a wood case made by the Byte Shop. There are reportedly only 6 of these still in existence. That’s why the seller is asking a cool $1,750,000.

The Apple-1 was released on April 11, 1976, after being designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, with Steve Jobs handling the (limited) marketing. Only around 200 Apple-1 computers were ever sold, primarily through Byte Shop, one of the first personal computer stores.

Apple-1 up for auction is museum quality

The seller of this vintage Apple hardware now listed on eBay says “This is a verified fully operational original Apple-1 computer system in excellent condition in its original Byte Shop KOA wood case, with original power supply and Datanetics Version D keyboard. This Apple-1 is an unmodified NTI board in almost perfect condition on both front and back of the main board where you can see there have been no modifications or repairs.”

Inside an Apple-1 housed in a Byte Shop wooden case
The Apple computer up for auction is unmodified, and has been certified by the Apple-1 Registry.
Photo: krishmiti/eBay

A vintage monitor is part of the package. “A period Sony TV-115, as recommended by Steve Jobs, with video modulator is included,” notes the seller, who goes by krishmiti on eBay.

If this auction reaches $1.75 million, it will far outstrip the selling prices for other Apple-1 units. A “Celebration” version sold this summer at a charity auction went for $815,000, less than half of the current auction’s starting price. An Apple-1 built into a briefcase went for $471,000 in May. A standard unit sold last year went for $375,000.

The record price is likely to be the $905,000 a museum paid back in 2014.