Going up for sale next month at RR Auction is a rare, fully operational Apple-1. Notably, the computer has no modifications to the physical board and was restored and evaluated by expert Corey Cohen.
Whoosh! Screen Cleaner
The last working Apple-1 we saw was sold as part of a charity auction back in June. It was rated 7/10 (also by Cohen) as it had some modifications to the board and sold for a bit less than other working Apple-1 machines at $210,000.
This latest Apple-1 with no modifications has been rated by Cohen at 8.5/10 and is expected to fetch closer to the $300,000-$600,000 range. The highest price paid for an Apple-1 so far was $815,000 back in 2016. There are only an estimated 60-70 working Apple-1 computers today.
This one will be offered as a part of the “Remarkable Rarities” live auction next month in Boston.
The Remarkable Rarities live auction event from RR Auction will take place on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1PM at WeWorks, 200 Portland St., Boston. Pre-live bidding for the Auction opens Thursday, September 13 and ends Monday, September 24 at 12:00 pm EST. Live bidding begins Tuesday, September 25 at 1:00 pm EST.
Those looking to place bids online can do so via Invaluable.
This Apple-1 computer was restored to its original, operational state in June 2018 by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen. A comprehensive, technical condition report prepared by Cohen is available to qualified bidders; he evaluates the current condition of the unit as 8.5/10. The most remarkable aspect of this Apple-1 computer is that it is documented to be fully operational: the system was operated without fault for approximately eight hours in a comprehensive test. Unlike many of the known Apple-1 boards, this unit has not had any modifications to the physical board, and the prototype area is clean and unused.
Here is everything included with the Apple-1:
- original Apple-1 board
- original Apple Cassette Interface (ACI)
- original Apple-1 Operation Manual
- two original Apple Cassette Interface manuals
- a period surplus ASCII keyboard
- a period ‘open frame’ Sanyo 4205 video monitor
- a new period-style power supply with original Apple-1 power cable and connector
- period cassette interface cables