Classic Apple products have been auctioned off for quite some time now, and each time they fetch high prices. Recently, an Apple-1 computer said to have been used by Steve Jobs himself has been auctioned off for nearly $700,000.
The reason the Apple-1 is sought after is not its technology, but the simple fact of its origin. Apple, one of the greatest companies in the world today, had to start somewhere, and traces of its early technologies have become collectibles commemorating the beginnings of one of the greatest companies in the world.
A rare Apple-1 has been auctioned off for nearly $700,000, and it would come from a solid lineage since it was built by Steve Wozniak himself and also used by Steve Jobs to try to convince the Mountain View computer storea pioneering dealer, to sell its products in 1976, according to the Mercury News article.
A Bay Area collector paid $677,196 for the Apple-1, but decided to remain anonymous. However, the computer was not in good condition, as the Bay Area News Group reported that the broken circuit board had apparently been “stored in a drawer for years“. Although it didn’t work, a collector paid $677,196 for the winning bid on the Apple-1 computer.
According to Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, there is no Apple-1 without the circuit board, even calling it “Holy Grail of Steve Jobs and Apple Memories“.
A real memory
The computer has 8 KB of RAM, in addition to its interface cassette system and read/write capabilities, which were considered revolutionary for its time.
In order to verify its legitimacy, the computer was observed and matched the first Polaroid photographs taken by the owner of the Byte Shop in Mountain View in 1976, Paul Terrell. The first Polaroid photos reportedly showed the prototype being used. Corey Cohen, an expert, wrote a 13-page notarized report that accompanied the sale. He was responsible for examining and authenticating the Apple-1 sold at auction.
The Mercury News article notes that after being given to the seller about 30 years ago by Steve Jobs himself, the prototype sat in Apple’s garage year after year.