The original Apple-1 computer which was handmade by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be up for bidding at a base price of $50,000 which translates to around Rs 37 lakh. Rare Apple-1 computers turn up for auctions every year but this model is special. It is still in working condition and fully functional. Also, the condition is said to be “exceptional”. Another highlight of this auction is that Steve Wozniak has himself signed the box of the Apple-1 computer.
The auction hosted by RR Auction claims that this Apple-1 computer was “restored to its original, operational state in September 2020 by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, and a video of it running and functioning is available upon request.”
Apple-1 computers were launched in 1976 and were discontinued in 1977. It was originally conceived by Steve Jobs and Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak as a bare circuit board to be sold as a kit and completed by electronics hobbyists.
“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,” it claimed.
Now, if you are thinking that a starting bid of Rs 37 lakh is too much then note that a rare Apple-1 computer went up for sale on eBay at a whopping cost of $1.75 million (roughly Rs 12.3 crore) in 2019. As for this bid, it is expected that the price will exceed way more than Rs 37 lakh.
And for spending that kind of money, you will get the original Apple-1 board original Apple-1 box, signed inside the lid in black felt tip by Steve Wozniak, “Woz”; original Apple Cassette Interface (ACI); original Apple-1 Operation Manual; original Apple Cassette Interface manual; a vintage Apple-1 power supply; a vintage Datanetics keyboard in wooden case; a vintage 1976 Sanyo monitor and a vintage Panasonic cassette player.