Apple 1 Computer, Jobs Atari Note Auctioned for Big Bucks
The first Apple computer brings in $374,500 in a Sotheby's auction, while a note from Steve Jobs pulls in $27,500.Its not just Apples latest and most advanced products that are finding fans, with an original Apple computer, the Apple 1, selling for $374,500 at a Sothebys auction on June 15 to an unidentified bidder who won the item over the phone. In a separate auction, a four-page note written by Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last year, sold for $27,500 at the same auction event, held in New York. The model that sold was operational, according to Sothebys Website, and came with an operation manual with a tear along the fold, light staining on the wrapper and on the bottom right corner, according to the item description. The lot also included a double-sided advertisement with an illustration for the Apple I and the Apple Cassette Interface, along with a manuscript note. Sothebys had the estimated auction price well under the winning bid, projecting the computer would sell for between $120,000-$180,000.
"This was an unusual event,'' auctioneer Selby Kiffer told the San Jose Mercury News following the auction. "The bidding took off quickly between a couple of people. The winning bidder was placing bids almost before the competitor had finished theirs. The fact that it's in working order, with the monitor and keyboard included, let people see what it really would have looked like back in 1976. I think it's possible we'll see more of these remaining Apple-1s now come out of the woodwork.