Antiques for Geeks: Christie’s Auctions Vintage Apple Computers
As legend has it, the first Apple computers were made in 1976 in the garage belonging to Steve Jobs’s parents. Of that run of roughly 200 Apple 1s, only a few working models remain. One is currently up for auction at Christie’s.
The machines originally sold for $666.66 (Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak was reportedly fond of repeating numbers). Christie’s estimates that the model on auction — which includes the manual, a printout of the computer’s schematics and a signed photograph of Mr. Jobs and Mr. Wozniak — may fetch up to $500,000. Another functioning Apple 1 offered with different accessories sold in May for 420,000 euros, or about $546,000, through Auction Team Breker in Germany.