40 Years Old Apple-1 Sells at Auction for $900,000

/ 2 years ago

A employee holds an Apple-1 personal computer, serial number 22, owned by the estate of Joe Copson ahead of its sale at Christie's in London

With almost 40 years on the clock, the Apple-1 is certainly showing its age, yet it is certainly one of the most iconic pieces of technology ever created. There may be a lot of love and hate for Apple these days, but there is no denying that the Apple-1 set in motion the computer industry I know and love today.

There are very few Apple-1 systems left in the world, only 50 were made in the first batch and a further 150 followed shortly after. This one, which is said to be in working condition, went up for auction in New York on Wednesday, where it sold for a staggering $905,000.  Bonhams auction house expected the machine to sell for $300k to $500k. All of these figures are a far cry from the original $666.66 the computers were original sold for.

The last Apple-1 sale we know of was in 2012, when Sotherby’s auction house sold one for $374,000. Perhaps the next time an Apple-1 hits the auction house, it’ll break the $1 million milestone.

Thank you Fortune for providing us with this information.

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  • Wayne

    I still have my Apple IIe, my1st ever desktop computer complete with screen and keyboard (no mouse) boxed and stored away and ‘should’ still be in working condition, I wonder how much that’s worth today?… not that I intend to sell it.

    • You can always check on eBay, you know.

      • Wayne

        I won’t bother.