Extremely rare working Apple 1 computer to hit auction block this month

“A German auctioneer will put a working Apple-1 computer on the block later this month, and expects the handmade computer to fetch between $261,000 and $392,000 at Thursday’s exchange rate,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“The record price for an Apple-1 was $640,000, paid last year in an auction also run by Breker, of Cologne, Germany,” Keizer reports. “On May 25, Breker will try to sell a different Apple-1, one of only six in working condition, the auctioneer said.”

Keizer reports, “Included in the May 25 lot is the original manual and a Jan. 19, 1978 letter signed by co-founder Steve Jobs. In the letter, written to the Apple-1’s original owner, Fred Hatfield, Jobs offered to exchange Hatfield’s Apple-1 for an Apple II 4K motherboard if Hatfield ponied up another $400. The 4K — as in ‘kilobytes’ — Apple II went on sale in June 1977 for $1,298.”

Read more in the full article here.

Related articles:
Christie’s auctions off rare original Apple I computer; expects $79,000 to $127,000 – August 29, 2012
Original Apple 1 computer sells for $374,500 in auction – June 15, 2012
Apple I Computer sells for $213,600 at auction – November 23, 2010
Extremely rare Apple I up for auction – February 19, 2003


    1. To do what . . . boot up and blink at you?

      I just created a new TextEdit file with the letter “a” as the only data — 304 bytes. If I write a sentence I might use up all memory!

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