Ultra-rare Apple-1 computer, signed by Steve Wozniak, is up for auction

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This Apple-1 is among the rarest bits of Apple memorabilia you can own.
Photo: RR Auction

An ultra-rare Apple-1, the first computer Apple ever produced as a company, is coming up for auction. And it’s signed by none other than designer and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

This Apple-1, one of only a handful of the computers thought to exist today, has been restored to an operational state. It comes in its original shipping box, making it an even less common specimen. It could be yours for no more than the price of a typical mid-priced American home.

RR Auctions, which is organizing the auction, notes that:

“Accompanying documentation includes the original Apple-1 Operation Manual and original Apple Cassette Interface manual, which feature the original Apple Computer Co. logo, designed by third Apple co-founder Ron Wayne, on the covers. The Operation Manual features information on getting the system running, using the system monitor, and expanding the Apple system, and has a fold-out schematic of the Apple-1 computer. At center is a page headed 6502 Hex Monitor Listing — a famous program commonly known as the ‘Woz Monitor.’ Also includes a program from the 2005 UCLA event at which Wozniak signed the box, an image of the present owner with Wozniak and the box at the event, and a printout of a 1994 email from Woz about the Apple-1.”

The Apple-1 is expected to sell for at least $400,000. That’s a whole lot of cash, but it’s nowhere near the most ever paid for one of Apple’s first computers. In 2014, an Apple-1 was put up for auction expected to raise between $300,000 and $500,000. In the end, it sold for a massive $905,000.

Other items are available, too

If you’re not ready to drop six-figures on Apple memorabilia, that doesn’t mean this auction isn’t for you. Also up for auction is an Apple keyboard signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. This boasts a still pricey, but more reasonable expected asking price of $30,000.

There’s also materials from the collection of Apple’s first COO Del Yocam (various), Steve Jobs’ business card ($800), an Apple II poster ($800), and more. You can check out details of the online auction here. Online bidding will begin December 10, and concludes December 17.

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