Rare Apple Lisa 1 up for auction

Apple Online Store“One of Apple’s earliest computers, the Lisa 1, has appeared for auction on eBay,” MacNN reports.

“A single $7,500 bid has been made so far; the model in question is said to be functional and largely intact, for instance including original floppy drives and ROMs as well as a keyboard,” MacNN reports. “Absent from the auction are a mouse, battery and the Lisa system software.”

MacNN reports, “Also missing is a serial number, which along with the claimed origins of the computer suggests that it could be an internal model.”

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19 Comments

  1. One of the oddest memories to have held onto from my childhood is remembering exactly where I was when I first heard about the Lisa, riding in the car with my Dad, listening to All Things Considered. I remember exactly where the car was when the feature on the Lisa was played. I was in high school, and wanted to work with computers more than anything else in the world, and here was this story about a computer that sounded like the coolest thing ever imagined.

    Of course, then the Mac came out…

    ——RM

  2. Almost bought a used Macintosh XL once. (A Lisa jerry-rigged to work with the Macintosh System Software) {the term “Mac OS” came much latter}

    I loved the idea working with the Mac on a wider screen, but someone showed up at the last minute and outbid me.
    My only satisfaction was making that other guy pay much more for it than he would have had I not been there. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”mad” style=”border:0;” />

    It would have been fun.

  3. The Lisa mouse had a rectangular DE-9 serial connector/port and used a steel ball. This was before the ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) port was used on later Macintosh models.
    If you find a mouse from the original Macintosh, it should be interchangeable with the Lisa.

  4. @boulderfrog,

    The cool thing about your mac is if you take the cover off you should see the signatures on the inside cover of Steve Jobs as well as Andy Hertzfeild, Jef Raskin, Bill Atkinson, Bruce Horn, and others from the original Mac team. I heard there is even a signature of the “Woz”

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