Apple-1 Computer Hand-Numbered by Steve Jobs Expected to Fetch Over $375,000 at Auction

Apple-1 computers are the ultimate collector's item for Apple fans, and they often sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars due to their rarity. RR Auction is this month selling a functional Apple-1 computer that was hand-numbered by Steve Jobs, and the site expects the machine to fetch upwards of $375,000.

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There were just 200 Apple-1 computers produced by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak back in 1976, and it is believed that only 60 to 70 remain. The Apple-1 that's up for auction is listed as #78. The machine was initially sold at auction in 2018 after it was restored to its original operational state by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen.

When it was sold in 2018, the buyer paid $375,000, so it could potentially go for even more this time around. At the current time, bids have reached $220,000.

This Apple-1 computer was restored to its original operational state by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen. A comprehensive, technical condition report prepared by Cohen is available to qualified bidders; he evaluated the condition of the unit as 8.5/10, and confirmed the computer's functionality in August 2022. The most remarkable aspect of this Apple-1 computer is that it is documented to be fully operational: the system was operated without fault for approximately eight hours in a comprehensive test.

There is a letter of authenticity that confirms Jobs' handwriting on the board, and it includes the original Apple-1, original Apple Cassette Interface, original operation manual, a surplus ASCII keyboard from the same time period, and an open frame Sanyo 4205 monitor.

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Various Apple-1 computers that have surfaced on auction sites over the years have sold for between $130,000 and $815,000 depending on the history of the machine, the included components, and the condition. The auction for the #78 Apple-1 will end on December 15, 2022.

Top Rated Comments

AgentOSX Avatar
18 months ago
AppleCare is $129,000 extra.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SoldOnApple Avatar
18 months ago
What a rip off. You could probably get a fully specced Mac Pro for a little more.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yossi Avatar
18 months ago

I am so happy I waited until the Apple II came out. It was a huge upgrade over that.
I waited for the II PRO MAX
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crees! Avatar
18 months ago
I was in Apple Store Fair Oaks (Virginia) the other day and there was an older man talking to an employee there saying how he had Apple II’s of all varieties and such. Then he said he also had an Apple I and asked how much was it worth. The Apple employee asked for clarification. Right, mind blown. Anyways a few minutes later another employee came out with a card and contact number for him. That’s all I was able to get and thought it was pretty neat.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainMac Avatar
18 months ago
I am so happy I waited until the Apple II came out. It was a huge upgrade over that.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ILoveCalvinCool Avatar
18 months ago

Why are all the Apple-1’s busted open like this?

Were they sold as open mother boards?
Yes, they were.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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