Functioning Apple-1 with unique accessory lot sells for $471K at auction
Earlier this month, a functioning Apple-1 hit the auction block by Christie’s public sale home within the UK. The machine was anticipated to fetch as a lot as $630,000, with the public sale home offering a spread of $378,000 to $630,000.
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With the public sale now closed, the Apple-1 has fetched a last value of round $471,000. That places it close to the lower-end of the anticipated vary, however nonetheless greater than different Apple-1 items have offered for not too long ago. As an illustration, one offered for $210,000 last year, however others have gone for as excessive as $815,000.
The Apple-1 auctioned this month was initially acquired by a person named Rick Conte in 1977, and donated to a non-profit group in 2009. In 2010, it was bought for a non-public assortment and later acquired by the folks now promoting it in September of 2014.
This Apple-1 was distinctive in a number of methods. It was constructed immediately right into a briefcase and absolutely useful, whereas the public sale lot additionally included a handful of various equipment. The accent lot included a number of items of distinctive paperwork, the “extremely rare first manual” issued by Apple Laptop, a Panasonic cassette tape recorder, a Motorola microprocessor, and extra. You possibly can learn the total accessory lot on the Christie’s website.
There are believed to be round 80 Apple-1 items nonetheless in existence at the moment, with Apple having initially constructed roughly 200 of them. Round 15 of these nonetheless in existence at the moment are in museum collections. It’s unclear what the brand new homeowners of the lot auctioned by Christie’s plan to do with their unit.
To study extra about this Apple-1 public sale lot, you may head to the Christie’s website for extra info.