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In November 2012 an Apple 1 computer in working order was sold for US$640,000. How much for the next one Apple-aficionados ask?

On 25 May 2013 collectors will have the chance to buy one of the alleged six surviving working Apple 1 computers. Initial reserve is around US$400,000 but who knows?

For the techie in us all the Apple 1 was Steven Wozniak's first PC. It was only built as a printed circuit-board but Steve Jobs insisted (as he was wont to do) it be sold as a PC. Eventually the two agreed to sell the board only for US$666.66 (sign of the devil) via some smaller computer stores and a range of add-ons like a tape-interface were sold separately. You had to build a case (typically wooden).

Period: April 1976 to March 1977
Processor: CPU: 8bit, MOS Technology 6502, 1MHz (no FPU)
Bus Speed: 1 MHz
Onboard RAM: 8 kB
Maximum RAM: 65 kB
Video: VRAM: 1 kB, Mono, max resolution: 60.05 Hz, 40x24 char

The auction has a number of really interesting items including an Apple Lisa-1 circa 1983 which is expected to sell for about US$40,000. You can read more here.

 

Of interest is the first advertisement for the Apple 1.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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