January 17, 2022

In the present day in Apple historical past: Uncommon Apple-1 sells for loopy cash

November 23: Today in Apple history: Rare Apple-1 computer sells for $210,000 at auction November 23, 2010: An early Apple-1 pc, full with its authentic packaging and a letter signed by Steve Jobs, sells for $210,000.

On the time, it ranks as the most costly private pc ever bought at public sale. Nonetheless, it’s a uncommon discover. The working Apple-1 is considered one among solely round 50 thought to nonetheless exist.

Italian pc collector buys authentic Apple pc

Italian businessman and personal collector Marco Boglione purchased the Apple-1 in query. Sportswear firm proprietor Boglione possessed an intensive archive of non-public computer systems, together with different uncommon Apple fashions.

“I’m a man that has been coping with these machines, let me say loving these machines, and actually being hooked up to those machines, since I used to be a child,” Boglione told The Seattle Times in an interview shortly after the public sale.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, available for the Apple-1 public sale, vouched for the machine’s good working order. Boglione introduced that the Apple-1 would go on show in Italy’s Museum of the Info Expertise Revolution, in his hometown.

Apple-1 public sale: A value price paying

2010 marked the tip of Steve Jobs’ progressive string of {hardware} hits. That 12 months, the iPad joined the iMac, iBook, iPod and iPhone — merchandise that outlined Jobs’ legendary second stint operating Apple. (Jobs died in 2011.)

On the time, observers couldn’t cease speaking concerning the sum of money Boglione paid for the Apple-1. The $210,000 sum paid for the Apple-1 dwarfed the pc’s authentic $666.66 promoting value in July 1976. (It was additionally round 10 instances greater than you may need paid for an Apple-1 throughout Cupertino’s dangerous outdated days within the 1990s).

Nonetheless, it now seems like one thing of a discount. Simply 4 years later, in 2014, one other Apple-1 pc bought at public sale for an unimaginable $905,000, between two and thrice the anticipated asking value of $300,000 to $500,000. Whereas that is still essentially the most ever spent on an Apple-1 — a pc with simply 8KB of RAM and a reasonable, 8-bit 6502 microprocessor — it definitely means that Boglione obtained a superb deal.

Apple solely constructed round 200 Apple-1 models in complete. And the quantity nonetheless round immediately is considerably smaller than that, resulting from each age and the truth that Apple supplied a trade-in deal for the considerably upgraded Apple II when it launched in 1977.