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Apple 1 Computer Sells For $210,700 164

digitaldc writes "An Apple computer purchased more than 30 years ago has sold for 425 times its original selling price. From the article: 'An Apple-1, one of only about 200 such machines built in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' parents' garage, sold at Christie's auction house in London today for 133,250 pounds (about $210,700). The Apple-1, which didn't include a casing, power supply, keyboard, or monitor, originally retailed for $666.66 in 1976. Apple discontinued the model in 1977.'"
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Apple 1 Computer Sells For $210,700

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  • Re:For what (Score:3, Insightful)

    by symes ( 835608 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @12:31PM (#34332954) Journal
    He's a collector - afaik, he'll refurbish it, get it going and then put with all his other computers that he doesn't use.
  • by rolfwind ( 528248 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @12:36PM (#34333034)

    But it also was the right time to sell because the Apple brand is riding high at the moment so interest overall is higher.

    Collectibles/Antiques are like any other market, and interest fluctuates. I have seen things that used to fetch $100k go for as little as $3k now (for instance, the European Glass market really sunk once communism collapsed and the east opened up). This is not unusual.

    Some people think the older something gets, the more it's worth but that's not always the case. Often there's a peak and then decline.

  • Re:So what? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by rolfwind ( 528248 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @12:37PM (#34333062)

    And Linux is Free only if your time is worth nothing.

  • Re:Big News! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by countSudoku() ( 1047544 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @12:57PM (#34333446) Homepage

    Stop your whining this INSTANT, young man! Google stepped up and offered $100,000, which is like $12 pounds 50 shillings I think, to help secure the artifacts for the Bletchley Park Museum. And that is NOT fucked up, unless you're talking about the sale in the first place, which is indeed a bit fucked in the head, but then perhaps the collector needs the bucks and the Turning notes are of value.

    More to the point; I have the build an Apple I book and will gladly build anyone an Apple I for $50,000! Order now and save BIG!!1!

  • Re:So what? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @02:38PM (#34334976) Homepage Journal

    And how is that? It takes half an hour at most to install it, and all or most of the apps you need are installed with it. I've found that Windows takes up a hell of a lot more of my valuable time than Linux. And I don't just save time and money on the OS, I save money by not needing AV and paying for updates, time not cleaning out malware, time not relearning a new OS every time MS comes up with a new version, etc.

    Fifteen years ago your statement was accurate, but the pendulem has swung the other way. Most distros just plain work, right out of the box, no muss, fuss, or tweaking (unless you just want to).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @03:09PM (#34335372)

    Please try to be constructive and tell him what he did wrong instead of berating him.

  • Re:So what? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Monkeedude1212 ( 1560403 ) on Wednesday November 24, 2010 @03:29PM (#34335620) Journal

    So what happens when they want to install new software - I get a phone call?

    I think that would amount for more than 4 phone calls a year.

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly