Original, working Apple-1 up for auction

Fully-functional Apple-1, built by Jobs and Wozniak, to go on sale in September

The working Apple-1 is being sold with functional, period keyboard, monitor, power supply and paperwork.
The working Apple-1 is being sold with functional, period keyboard, monitor, power supply and paperwork.

One of the original Apple-1 computers designed and built by Jobs and Wozniak will go on sale at auction in September.

The extremely rare Apple-1 is fully-functional, and is one of only sixty to seventy models of the original 200 Apple-1 systems that the Apple founders assembled themselves.

This model was assembled in 1976, before being sold at the Byte Shop, one of the first PC shops in the world, at a price of $666.66. It was then sold by the original owner to a colleague for $300, who is the current owner - although he offered to sell it to Steve Wozniak in 1982 for $10,000.

The Apple-1 will be sold by Boston-based RR Auction on 25th September. The record auction price for an Apple-1 is $815,000, established in 2016.

The later production Shop-style of this Apple-1 is indicated by discrete component dates which match other known Apple-1 boards of similar vintage, assembled and sold by Apple in the fall of 1976 and early 1977.

On the left side, the board is marked: Apple Computer 1, Palo Alto, Ca. Copyright 1976. 

This Apple-1 computer was restored to its original, operational state in June 2018 by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen. A comprehensive, technical condition report prepared by Cohen is available to qualified bidders; he evaluates the current condition of the unit as 8.5/10. 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. Unlike many of the known Apple-1 boards, this unit has not had any modifications to the physical board, and the prototype area is clean and unused.

"The Apple-1 was the first in the evolution of products from Apple that would forever change the world we live in," said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. "This is the machine that launched Apple Computer, a company that would define an industry and was recently able to achieve a $1 trillion valuation milestone." 

Along with the original Apple-1 board, the consignment includes the original Apple Cassette Interface (ACI), original Apple-1 Operation Manual, two original Apple Cassette Interface manuals, a period surplus ASCII keyboard, a period Sanyo 4205 video monitor, a new period-style power supply with original Apple-1 power cable and connector, and period correct cassette interface cables.

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