Shalom Life | September 16, 2014

Original Apple Computer Sells for $374,500 at Auction

Sotheby’s received more than double the expected price

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: June 15th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Original Apple Computer Sells for $374,500 at Auction

Sotheby’s sold an original Apple computer motherboard on Friday morning for a whopping $374,500 at a rare auction, more than double the expected price.

There are less than 50 ‘Apple 1’ computers in existence today, with reportedly only 6 in working condition, this being one of them. Although the green motherboard does not look like much in today’s market, the computer was built by Apple co-founder’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and became the foundation for the first personal computer in 1976.

Both the seller and buyer’s names have been withheld from the public, but Sotheby’s did note that the owner will help assemble the computer to ensure it’s up and running.

Sotheby’s were anticipating the Apple 1 to sell for between $120-$180k and are astounded by the final bid. In 1976, when the Apple 1 was first made available to the public, the purchase price was $666.66.

The Sotheby’s catalogue provides some interesting background information about the Apple 1:

“When Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs presented the Apple 1 Computer to the Homebrew Computer Club in 1976, it was dismissed by everyone but Paul Terrell, the owner of a chain of stores called Byte Shop. Terrell ordered 50 computers for $500 a piece, insisting that the circuit boards come fully assembled rather than as DIY kits similar to the Altair, and Jobs and Woz managed to produce the requisite computers in 30 days. They continued production, immediately creating 50 additional Apple 1′s[sic] to sell to friends and an additional 100 to sell through vendors, at a retail price of $666.66, a number that garnered complaints among conservative Christians, but provided a lucrative 33% markup.

As the first ready-made personal computer, the Apple 1 signaled a new age in which computing became accessible to the masses. The interface of circuitry and software that Woz created enabled users to type letters with “a human-typable keyboard instead of a stupid, cryptic front panel with a bunch of lights and switches,” as he explained to the Homebrew Computer Club. Even so, it was sold without a keyboard, monitor, case, or power supply. An exceptionally rare, working example with original Apple cassette interface, operation manuals and a rare BASIC Users’ Manual. It is thought that fewer than 50 Apple 1 Computers survive, with only 6 known to be in working condition.”


Michael Jackson Hologram Inspires Hitler Pictures and Gun Threats Michael Jackson Hologram Inspires Hitler Pictures and Gun Threats TrendingHoward Stern Defends Himself Against Rabbi's Attack Howard Stern Defends Himself Against Rabbi's Attack TrendingHorsin' Around with 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg Horsin' Around with 'BoJack' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg Trending
 

The Love Jewce: In Real Life with Nev Schulman

September 16, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce: In Real Life with Nev Schulman

A look at the 'Catfish' star's new book, "In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age"

Read More

British Retailer Bans Jewish Schoolchildren from Entering

September 16, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
British Retailer Bans Jewish Schoolchildren from Entering

Security guard at leading U.K. retailer Sport Direct bars children from entering, says "No Jews, no Jews"

Read More

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 5 Double Passes to See ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

September 16, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 5 Double Passes to See ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

Enter now to win a pair of tickets to 'This Is Where I Leave You' starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Jane Fonda.

Read More

TIFF 2014: This Is My Land

September 16, 2014 | By Anthony Marcusa
TIFF 2014: This Is My Land

Documentarian Tamara Erde takes us into six classrooms in Israel and Palestine to discover what children are being taught.

Read More

TIFF 2014: Zero Recognition

September 16, 2014 | By Anthony Marcusa
TIFF 2014: Zero Recognition

Lauren Collins and Ben Lewis' satirical short subtly suggests that being Canadian and being a famous young actor may be mutually exclusive.

Read More

TIFF 2014: Rosewater

September 16, 2014 | By Anthony Marcusa
TIFF 2014: Rosewater

Jon Stewart's directorial debut is gripping, informative, poignant, and at times unexpectedly comical.

Read More

Justin Trudeau Strongly Opposes Anti-Terror Bill

September 16, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Justin Trudeau Strongly Opposes Anti-Terror Bill

Says bill proposed by current PM Stephen Harper is against "Canadian identity"

Read More

Shalom, Alabama: A Jewish Culture Guide

September 16, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Shalom, Alabama: A Jewish Culture Guide

Did you know one of the best Jewish film festivals take place in Mobile, Alabama each year?

Read More

More Headlines