What you need to know
- A working Apple-1 has sold for more than $340,000 on eBay.
- The Apple-1 was signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
A vintage Apple-1 computer signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has sold for more than $340,100 at auction. The machine was built in 1976 and is said to be fully operational.
Sold by The AAPL Collection out of Dubai, the working Apple-1 is 42 years old — older than many reading this — and is a work of art. That's presumably what the person who won this eBay auction also believes, having agreed to hand over $340,100 to get their hands on it.
Here's how The AAPL Collection describes the immaculate-looking bit of history.
The original Apple-1 was sold without a case, power supply, keyboard, or monitor which might make it a very early Mac mini of sorts, although even that comes with a couple of those parts in the box. The seller says that this example is "one of the few remaining that has all period components" and that it comes with "all the typical period accessories."
Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of history! The auction for our 1976 Apple-1 computers is in its final few days and the bidding is heating up! Go to eBay now to make your bid for this priceless relic from the dawn of the personal computer age. https://t.co/Pd5tcEQboW pic.twitter.com/AzF4xxMItoDon’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of history! The auction for our 1976 Apple-1 computers is in its final few days and the bidding is heating up! Go to eBay now to make your bid for this priceless relic from the dawn of the personal computer age. https://t.co/Pd5tcEQboW pic.twitter.com/AzF4xxMIto— The AAPL Collection (@AAPLcollection) June 11, 2022June 11, 2022
While the name of the buyer hasn't been made public, the seller does say that they are "an experienced vintage computer collector and Apple aficionado in the United States. Could it be that Woz has spent a small fortune on one of his early Apple computers?
Miss out on this Apple-1? No problem, there's another one up for action now and this one was signed by Steve Jobs! It's a bargain, too — bidding is now at just $189,880.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.