Fully functional Apple-1 from 1976 sold for almost $700K

The Apple-1. Photo: apple2history.org.

One of the first Apple computers, a fully functional model built in 1976, has been sold for a record 516,000 Euros (about USD $668,000). From the AP's account:

German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage. Breker claims it is one of only six known remaining functioning models in the world. Breker already sold one last year for 492,000 euros.
The unit has Steve Wozniak's signature, and a business transaction letter from Steve Jobs was included in the auction. When the Apple 1 debuted in 1976, it sold for $666 and consisted of just the circuit board. You had to buy the case, keyboard, and screen separately.

Here's the link at the Breker auction house website for the 2012 sale.

Photo: Breker auction house.


  1. So, adjusting for inflation and Apple shareholder profit expectations…it sold under value.

      1. Didn’t that end up not working out so well? I had a number witha handful of repeating digits and got calls from preverbal toddlers on a regular basis.

  2. Does anyone remember a black case Apple use in the early years, maybe? I remember using that one from comp sci class.

    1. I seem to recall those were called “Bell and Howell” Apple ][ ‘s, distributed by them for use in schools.  They had more secure external connectors than regular Apple ][‘s.  A typical Apple ][ user might have the lid open with various cables plugged into expansion cards or the motherboard.  The joystick for instance was plugged into a DIP header on the MB.  In a school, these practices would probably be considered unsafe.

    2. That sounds more like a NeXT box, Apple did at least one black machine(the 20th anniversary mac; but that would have been a crazy machine to outfit a lab with, nor was it terribly early.)

        1. I remember Bell & Howell equipment, mostly because we used to call it “Hell & Bowel.”

  3. Are you thinking of the NeXT in the black case?

    666.66 is the sign of the devil, rather auspicious for a company that started out as the anti-1984 and became 1984.

      1. Rounding changes it to 667, which is, of course, the neighbor of the beast.

      2. No, no, no.

        668 is the neighbour of the beast. 667 is the guy who lives across the street from the beast.

    1. Um…666 is the Number of Beast…though some sources have postulated that it’s really 6^6^6. There’s no decimal.

      Whatever they sold it as then, it’s gotta be the only computer in history to appreciate 100,000 percent.

    2. Actually, 666 is the sign of Nero Cesar of Rome.  Although depending on the Hebrew spelling it might have been 616.  It’s either Nrwn Qsr, or Nrw Qsr 

      1. And since Nero’s neighbors all hated him, you could consider it the number of the beast as well.

      2. PSSST – hey buddy –  Ronald Wilson Reagan.  Six letters, six letters, six letters.

        Explains a lot doesn’t it?  Frankly, Stiggs and I are appalled.

  4. Man, the specs on that thing are awful.  Dude way overpaid.

    It can’t even play WoW.

      1. Apparently the America Patent Office will allow you to patent anything, including Maths.

  5. Are those AC outlets built into the case? Wowwww. That solves the “USB only offers 5v” problem.

  6. Before reading the post I actually thought “OK, that is just not a good steampunk case mod…” 

  7. On the plus side, I’ve heard that you can ‘execute’ programs that aren’t even cryptographically signed by Apple! Steve probably spins in his grave every time you do; but that’s a risk you have to take.

    1.  Lolwut? The back of every Apple II manual contained the source code for the ROM.

  8. Case designed by a 6 year old with a wood burner and the key to dad’s liquor cabinet?

    1. I think I’ve seen you, with all those obnoxious ‘think different’ stickers, right? Your CRT TV always hogs an empty seat, what a jerk!

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