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

May 15


The CharityBuzz auction for “coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Headquarters in Cupertino” has just ended with a final bid of $610,000. The bid has been placed by somebody known only as “a********s.” and CharityBuzz will not release the name of the high bidder. The winner of this auction is entitled to a 30–60 minute meeting with Cook at Apple headquarters on a mutually agreed upon date.