May 27


The New York Times reports that a working Apple 1 computer has sold at auction in Germany for a record $671,400. Earlier a Apple 1 computer already sold for $640,000 last November and $375,000 six months earlier.

The high prices paid for the machines seem to be explained by the combination of scarcity, a fascination with the early history of the computer age, and the mystique of Apple and its founders, Steven P. Jobs and Stephen G. Wozniak. And some irrational exuberance in the prices, for a machine that can do very little and originally sold for $666 (about $2,700 in current dollars).

“This really confirms the value of Apple-1’s,” Uwe Breker, the German auctioneer, said in an interview on Saturday.

The buyer, Mr. Breker said, was a wealthy entrepreneur from the Far East, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The New York Times notes that the original owner of the machine sold the machine in non-working condition to a private buyer for $40,000 earlier this year. The buyer repaired the machine and flew to California to have it signed by Wozniak before placing it up for auction. » Working Apple 1 Computer Sells For $671,400

Nov 24


Harry McCracken from Technologizer has posted some photographs taken by Paul Terrell of the Byte Shop in Mountain View (one of the only computer stores in the world), California in 1976. Terrell said that Jobs and Wozniak came into his shop with the first version of the Apple-1 asking him to sell it to his customers. Above you see a photo of the circuit board hooked up to a keyboard and monitor. » Photographs Of The First Apple Computers Ever Made