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Rare working Apple I sells for $330,000 after auction in Germany

11/20, 2:10am

Unit one of only six known working units

A previously-reported auction in Cologne, Germany of a rare working-condition Apple I computer failed to meet the minimum bid of €180,000 ($242,820) but was sold after the auction had closed, Auction Team Breker has revealed. Two potential bidders were surprised that the item had failed to sell and put in their own bids, with the larger of the two being accepted - €246,000, or US $330,000. The same company had previously sold a rare functioning Apple I for over $670,000 in a previous auction.

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Apple I with original packaging going up for auction

10/15, 3:26pm

Computer could fetch as much as $500,000 or more

A working Apple I will go up for sale by Germany's Breker auction house on November 16th, according to an announcement. Making the item even rarer is that it includes the white box the system originally shipped with, and that it's listed as 46th out of the first 50 units hand-assembled by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Ultimately a total of just 200 Apple Is would be built, most of which are non-functional due to wear and their use of obsolete parts.

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Original Apple I computer sold for $387,750 at Christie's auction

07/09, 9:00pm

One of the earliest surviving units, but non-functional

A rare Apple I computer, hand-assembled by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, was sold on Tuesday for $387,750 at auction -- less than auctioneer Christie's had hoped for but well above the minimum bid, and still representing an increase in value for a non-functional unit. The bidding on this unit started at $300,000, and is believed to be the 25th model ever assembled, according to an ink inscription on the unit. Originally designed by Wozniak, the unit originally sold for $666.66. A working Apple I was bought in Germany earlier this year for $671,400.

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Apple I worth up to $500K to go on auction at Christie's

06/21, 11:37am

Only 200 units ever built

An Apple I built in 1976 is slated to go up for auction next week at Christie's. The Associated Press says that while bidding for the computer will start at $300,000, it could reach as high as $500,000. In May, a working Apple I system (pictured) sold for $671,400 at an auction in Germany.

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Apple I motherboard fails to sell at Christie's auction

10/09, 10:20pm

Former Apple employee original owner of 22nd board produced

The original Apple I motherboard for sale at Christie's auction house failed to sell. The auction company expected the board to sell for $127,000, but the bidding failed to reach the reserve price, resulting in no sale. The top bid was reported to be $51,155, well short of the $80,000 reserve.

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Rare but nonfunctional Apple I goes to auction in London

08/29, 5:32pm

Expected to fetch more than $125,000

A nonworking Apple I board have been listed for auction on October 9 at Christie's of London. The unit, with serial number 22, came from former Apple employee Joe Copson. The unit originally came with just 8K of RAM and no case, keyboard or monitor. Only 50 or so of the roughly 150-200 units produced have survived, and only six are thought to be in working order. The auction expects the machine to sell for between $80,000 and $125,000.

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Working Apple I sells for almost $375,000 at Sotheby's

06/15, 2:01pm

Functioning status dramatically boosts value

A working Apple I computer has sold for $374,500 at a Friday Sotheby's auction, the BBC reports. The figure is over twice Sotheby's high estimate, and is the largest ever for an Apple I. Sotheby's commented that two parties ended up battling for the item: one through the auctioneer, acting on behalf of the absent collector, while the victor was a telephone bidder. Neither party has been identified publicly.

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Ronald Wayne shows off rare Apple documents

12/16, 12:55pm

Includes abandoned Apple I case plans

One of Apple's original three co-founders, Ronald Wayne, has shown Engadget some rare documents kept from his time with the company. Wayne, 77, is now retired and living in Pahrump, Nevada. Among the most important documents still in his possession are plans and illustrations of a never-produced Apple I enclosure Steve Jobs asked him to build, and a Statement of Withdrawl, which cost Wayne $5 to file and severed his relationship with Apple.

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Apple I, bought at Christie's for $200K, restarted in Italy

05/10, 6:35pm

Politecnico di Torino restarts 35-year-old Apple I

Macitynet was reporting on Tuesday that a university in Turin, Italy has brought an Apple 1 back to life. The Apple 1 was a limited edition computer, with about 200 made prior to Apple's founding in 1977. After the company was founded, the original Apple 1 computers were accepted as trade-ins for the Apple II, so few survive today. The number 82 model, bought at Christie's auction for over $200,000 by Italian collector Marco Boglione, was the Apple restarted today.

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Early Apple computer goes on auction for 150,000

11/11, 3:55pm

Computer now extremely rare

Christie's of London is preparing to auction off one of the first Apple computers ever built, at a starting bid of 150,000, writes the Daily Mail. The system is an Apple I, of which about 200 were produced beginning in 1976. It originally sold for $666.66, and had just 8K of memory. No keyboard or video display was included, but support for either put it ahead of rival machines based on switches and LEDs.

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Apple I system on auction through eBay

11/20, 12:15pm

Company's first production computer

A resident of Roseville, California is auctioning off an original Apple I, according to the Detroit Free Press. The computer was the first put into production by Apple, launching in 1976 in a limited run of 200 units. It was distinctive at the time for being produced and sold by a two-man team -- Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs -- and building in its own terminal circuitry, requiring only a separate keyboard and TV set.

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