Super-rare Apple-1 sells for big bucks at auction

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Apple-1 auction netted almost half a million dollars.
A working Apple-1 still goes for quite a pile of money.
Photo: RR Auctions

A fully functional and complete Apple-1 computer, hand-built by Apple founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs back in 1976, was auctioned off yesterday for over $458 thousand.

There are only a handful of these left. This particular unit appeared recently on the TV show Pawn Stars.

Apple-1 is piece of history

The Apple-1 sale that completed yesterday was handled by RR Auctions, who took bids for a week.

This fully functional model is complete with all components and accessories required for operation. It was acquired by its last owner back in the 1980s in a trade for a newer IBM computer.

Much more recently, it featured on the Pawn Stars episode “Ship Happens” (Season 17, Episode 10). In that episode, it was valued at over $500 thousand.

In this week’s Apple auction, it didn’t quite reach that price, going for exactly $458,711.25. Still, previous Apple-1 auctions have gone well above the point. The current record price was set in 2014 at a Bonhams History of Science auction in New York City. That unit fetched $910,000.

Bid in a much cheaper Apple auction

Those who want an Apple collectible but don’t have half a million dollars to spend can instead bid right now in an auction for a pair of Apple sneakers from the 1990s.

These are being sold through Heritage Auctions, and the current high bid is just $310.