Rare Apple 1 computer in wood has been sold for millions

Update (2021-11-10):

Sold for SEK 4.3 million

The other day we noticed that a rare Apple 1 computer in wood from 1976 was to be auctioned off in California.

Now the auction has ended and the winning bid landed accordingly Macrumors of 500,000 dollars, which corresponds to 4.3 million Swedish kronor.

It is unclear at the time of writing who won the bidding, but given that there is a high demand for early Apple computers, it is likely to be a fairly safe investment.


Earlier:

An extra rare Apple 1 computer in wood is now being auctioned off via the auction house John Moran.

Of the 200 Apple 1 computers originally built by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Patty Jobs and Daniel Kotke, 50 will be sold to the Byteshop store in Mountain View, California without a chassis, keyboard, monitor or power cable.

Byteshop’s owner Paul Terrell should not have been happy about this as he perceived it as if the computers would not need any accessories. Steve Jobs defended the delivery by saying that Paul Terrel and Byteshop could now instead make more money by also selling customers keyboards, monitors and power cables.

Of the 50 Apple 1 computers that Byteshop bought, six will have casings made of koat wood. A type of wood from Hawaii that was cheap at the time but which today is more rare and expensive. It is one of these six computers sold at auction.

The computer should only have had two previous owners. An electronics professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, who then sold the computer to a student in 1977. It has since also been restored by experts and will be included in the official registry of Apple 1 computers such as “Chaffey College Apple-1”.

The value of the computer is estimated at between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000. At the time of writing, there is a first bid of $ 200,000.

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