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Rare Apple I computer sold at auction: $213,600

updated 06:35 pm EST, Tue November 23, 2010

Included cassette interface, letter from Jobs

A rare Apple I computer assembled by Steve Wozniak -- of which only around 50 are thought to exist -- has sold at Christie's auction house for £133,250 ($213,600), slightly below what the company had seen as the high end of its estimate but nonetheless a record price for any personal computer. Wozniak himself was on hand to autograph the machine for the winning bidder, and called the original Apple "an important step" that put "the whole formula [for how personal computer work] out there for the world to see."

In a bit of irony, the BBC's video of the closing moments of the auction was shot by one of the attendees ... on a mobile phone. Today's mobile phones offer at least 1,000 times the processing power of the original Apple I. Made between 1976 and 1977, only about 200 of the earliest model were ever made, all hand-assembled.

The particular copy up for auction (#82) included a signed letter from Jobs suggesting monitors that could be used with the machine, and all the original support materials, including the optional cassette interface card and the original bill of sale ($741.66), including the cassette adapter and tax. The operation manual is also notable for having the original Apple logo on it, depicting Sir Issac Newton under the apple tree.

The Associated Press has reported that the winning bidder was a private collector named Marco Boglione.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I hope the winning bidder...

    does something cool and fun with this. Somebody is happy!

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Holy cow...

    Better not throwing away any of my Macs.

  1. cranfordio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $174,000 or $213,600

    Did it sell for $174,000 or $213,600? Does anyone proofread this stuff before they post it?

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ cranfordio

    One is GBP and the other is USD.

  1. nitram_again

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is probably bigger number than that Mac could handle!

  1. Paradise Pete

    Joined: Dec 1969


    110k pounds

    The video mentioned in this same article shows the closing price of 110,000 pounds. Where is theĀ£133,250 coming from?

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @ chefpastry

    maybe you should do a little proof reading before you comment as well. The link to the video days the computer sold for 110,000 GBP, which translates to $174,000 US as cranfordio stated. According to the links posted MacNN is pulling the 213,600 out of their a$$ unless that price includes some sort of auction fees, etc. Still the facts in the MacNN article are misleading at best.

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