Apple-1 for sale. Steve Jobs buys back 34 years history?

Steves Woz 'n' Jobs' first pomaceous computer on the auction block. Perhaps Jobs wants it for his collection?

Apple-1 (Christie's)
By Richi Jennings. November 12, 2010.

Christie's London auction house is selling an original Apple-1 computer, the rare forerunner of the Apple II. This Steve Wozniak designed, 6502 based piece of history includes a letter signed by Steve Jobs and the original packaging. But, like an iPad, it lacks a keyboard. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers inquire about a $250,000 re-mortgage.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention Sci-fi demotivational posters...


Nick Spence reports from London, England:

Christie’s of London will be selling the Apple-1, which originally retailed for a demonic $666.66 ... Steve Wozniak reportedly liked repeating digits. ... The lot comprises components from the Apple-1, original manual and packaging along with a letter from Jobs.


Christie's adds: "The first Apple-1s were despatched from the garage of Steve Jobs' parents' house - the return address on the original packaging present here." ... The Apple-1 goes on sale at Christie’s on 23 November.

Drew Cullen is a tech. culture vulture:

Lot 65 is expected to fetch £100,000- £150,000, [in U.S., about $150,000 - $250,000] according to Christies, which says it is in superb condition. ... [It] has its original packaging, with the garage's return address. ... Also included are the original manuals, a letter from Steve Jobs and an invoice dated 12/7/76.


The Apple 1 was the first pre-assembled PC - no soldering required. ... [But] there was no casing, monitor, power supply, or keyboard.

But Chris Davies notes that it's not entirely original:

From the description, [it's] been tinkered with somewhat ... there’s apparently a “breadboard area with slightly later connector, with later soldering, wires and electrical tape.”


However, you’re still getting the 6502 microprocessor, printed circuit board with ... heatsink, a cassette board connector, 8K bytes of RAM, a keyboard interface and video terminal.

Sadly, Nick Bilton gets his ENIAC history wrong:

The computer is part of an ... auction in London of rare books and manuscripts that will quicken the heart of any rich geek. It includes a book by Charles Babbage, a collection of Alan Turing’s published papers, an Enigma cypher machine and the patent specifications for an ENIAC, the first electronic digital computer. [cough-Colossus-cough]

And Mike Schramm mmuses on the purchaser:

It'd be nice to see this either bought up by Apple themselves (though Jobs must still have even more interesting treasures) ... or by a museum somewhere. But even if it goes to a private collector ... they can make sure to preserve this piece of Apple history.

Meanwhile, Steven Mostyn can't resist a couple of ObAppleDigs:

But does it have Flash support?


Even 34 years ago Apple’s hardware was shockingly expensive.

Bonus link: Ken Gagne builds an Apple-1 replica from scratch


And Finally...

Sci-fi demotivational posters

[some hilarious; some not so much]

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