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Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby's Auction 118

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coondoggie writes "It's not one-of-a-kind, but it's pretty darn close. Sotheby's this week auctioned off a rare, working Apple 1 computer for $374,500 to an unnamed bidder. The price was more than double the expected price listed on the Sotheby's web site. Sotheby's notes about the Apple 1 say it is one of six thought-to-be-operational boxes and one of about 50 known to exist."
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Rare Operating Apple 1 Rakes In $374,500 At Sotheby's Auction

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  • Well... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 15, 2012 @05:31PM (#40340213)

    Sounds like a pretty run of the mill Apple mark up...

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Tablizer (95088)

      "$374,500 ottah be plenty for anyone" -Bill Gates

    • AppleCare (Score:4, Funny)

      by MrEricSir (398214) on Friday June 15, 2012 @05:46PM (#40340357) Homepage

      I'd definitely want AppleCare for this one, those Apple 1 computers are notoriously fragile.

    • Re:Well... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by PatPending (953482) on Friday June 15, 2012 @06:35PM (#40340589)

      $666.66 in 1976 had the same buying power as $2,710.75 in 2012.

      Now, as then, that'll buy you Apple's latest and greatest computer.

      (Actually it's $2,799.00 but still remarkably close given this span of 36 years!)

      • Assuming a 4% rate of inflation, in 35 years a new Apple computer will cost about $11,045.
    • Jesusputer.
    • sounds like people have way too much money....
  • Still cheaper than an iPhone
    • And immune to viruses, too.
      • by muon-catalyzed (2483394) on Friday June 15, 2012 @05:56PM (#40340461)
        Very scarce and unique item, that thing should be pretty hard to copy as all the chips on the board are impossible to manufacture nowdays. Who does MOS at that big scale today ? Or the other rare electronic components inside..

        Such an artifact might be worth millions in a few decades, should be a good anti-inflation bet.
        • Not that hard it seems...

          http://www.brielcomputers.com/wordpress/?cat=17 [brielcomputers.com]

        • It is only selling due to nostalgia.

          I honestly doubt it will be worth much in 100 years.

          • by mwvdlee (775178)

            Nostalgia won't exist in 100 years?

          • Depends on whether Apple's still a force to be reckoned with. If Apple's dominating the electronics-implanted-directly-into-your-eyeball trade the way it dominates phones a working Apple I assembled by none other the Woz's sister is gonna be pretty damn valuable.

            Heck even if it isn't a force to be reckoned with if Apple is recognized as a pivotal and important company it's products will be valuable as antiques. Stradivarius violins ain't cheap.

            • by hackula (2596247)
              It will probably dominating in the same way that AT&T does today. It will be dominant, but hated.
    • This was an auction. *Every* person in the world, excluding just one, thought this items was worth less than the final offer.

      • by macs4all (973270)

        This was an auction. *Every* person in the world, excluding just one, thought this items was worth less than the final offer.

        According to one article I read, it eventually came down to two bidders; one online, and one on the phone. Phone guy won.

  • by BennyB2k4 (799512) on Friday June 15, 2012 @05:43PM (#40340327)
    Imagine a.. wait, I can't. there's only 6 of them.
  • by Sponge Bath (413667) on Friday June 15, 2012 @06:33PM (#40340581)

    ...a retail price of $666.66, a number that garnered complaints among conservative Christians

    A new Apple I, $666.66. Upsetting conservative Christians, priceless.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There are a few replicas available for those of us who can't afford a real Apple 1. The least expensive is Briel Computers' "Replica 1" [brielcomputers.com] which is not a cosmetic replica but more of a "work-alike" computer. Applefritter.com's Tom Owad wrote a book [applefritter.com] based on that kit. On the other extreme is Mike Willegal's "Mimeo 1" [willegal.net] which is an extremely accurate reproduction. I know the people behind these kits/sites and they're all very hobby-centric.

    • by macs4all (973270)

      There are a few replicas available for those of us who can't afford a real Apple 1. The least expensive is Briel Computers' "Replica 1" [brielcomputers.com] which is not a cosmetic replica but more of a "work-alike" computer. Applefritter.com's Tom Owad wrote a book [applefritter.com] based on that kit. On the other extreme is Mike Willegal's "Mimeo 1" [willegal.net] which is an extremely accurate reproduction. I know the people behind these kits/sites and they're all very hobby-centric.

      Yeah. Mike Willeagal (creator of the Mimeo-1, and owner of the Apple 1 Registry site) even went to the trouble of creating a custom font for the silkscreen layer. I asked him if he X-Rayed the original board, and he said "No", and that he simply took a LOT of high-detail photos, and then went back and forth, printing out his board and laying it on a light table with the original.

      I don't know much about the Replica 1; but it isn't a cold-copy of the original, like Mike's is. It's so close that I asked him

  • by Anonymous Coward
    I have a TRS-80 in my attic. Haven't powered it on for a few years, but it worked last time I tried it. It was made in 1977. To be fair, there was no reality distortion field model released with this particular brand.
  • Was apple evil back then? Or did that only happen later?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Were they evil? I'd say the price of $666 speaks for itself. (If you go in for that sort of tripe.)

    • by ganjadude (952775)
      apple got evil IMO when they killed the PPC and it was all over when the ipod and itunes arived (or jobs came back, take your poision
    • Nobody's [google.com] evil until they got really rich.
  • A rare Granny Smith bearing the Apple logo was sold to a turtleneck wearing gentleman in exchange for his life savings.
  • by wbr1 (2538558) on Friday June 15, 2012 @06:45PM (#40340643)
    ...if you take that puppy to a 'Genius Bar'. Most of those geniuses wouldn't even know what it was, and that the Woz actually built it with his bare hands.
    • Re:What happens... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by petsounds (593538) on Friday June 15, 2012 @07:37PM (#40341143)

      Well, technically they probably wouldn't know what it was immediately simply because the Apple I shipped as basically a motherboard. People had to buy their own case, power supply, etc -- no different than the custom-built PCs of today. So unless the 'Genius' opened the case, they wouldn't necessarily even know it was an Apple product.

      It's interesting to note that even back then, Apple's philosophy was sell the hardware, give away the software [wikimedia.org] [big jpg ahead].

      From the Apple I ad: "And since our philosophy is to provide software for our machines free or at minimal cost, you won't be continually paying for access to this growing software library."

      • by ghn (2469034)
        good point, mod parent up
      • by ganjadude (952775)
        yeah, but back then they let you have access to the hardware, they even gave you manuals with the pinouts, not so much today, if you dont like it, too bad....
        • by jo_ham (604554)

          That's why they switched to socketed CPUs and removable MXM graphics cards on the iMac, and screw-less PCI card and hard drive caddies in the Pro, right?

          Oh, and quick and easy to remove bottom panels (with standard RAM, hard drives and so on) in the Macbook Pro.

          But oh wait, they made a new computer with proprietary, tiny parts to make it super thin, that means they hate people who upgrade! Got it! If you don't like it then too bad... err, I mean "buy the other laptops they sell".

    • by ganjadude (952775)
      99% of them werent even born yet....
  • by Anonymous Coward

    If you kill this Apple 1, will all the other Apple devices around the world revert to a move open and less evil state?

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