Apple I auction

Joachim Feise (
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 08:17:56 -0700

Somebody got $40,000+ to spare?

The very first Apple computer -- the original
Apple I assembled by Steve Wozniak and Steve
Jobs -- is going on the auction block.

But the collectible won't go cheaply. The La
Salle Gallery in San Francisco expects the
bidding to surpass US$40,000.

"If the item up for auction can be proven to be
the first Apple I ever sold, it deserves to be
preserved in a museum," said Owen Linzmayer,
author of Apple Confidential, a history of Apple.
"But, given the technical nature of the item, and
the awesome disposable incomes in Silicon
Valley, I wouldn't be surprised to see two stock
option-rich geeks bid the price up to
astronomical levels."

Only 200 Apple Is were built, and the PCs are a
hot commodity on the vintage computer market.

"It's the first Apple I built and sold by Apple,"
claims auctioneer Risley Sams, who will open
the bidding on Tuesday 29 June at 11 a.m. "We
offered it to Steve Jobs, but he said he had such
a hard time selling it in the first place that he
didn't really want it. He made a small offer, but
we have better ones."

Sams said the machine comes with
documentation proving its authenticity, including
two checks from the buyer written in July and
August 1976. One check was for the machine
and the other for software, Sams said.

Also included is the original manual, an 8-page
text document with a couple of fold-out
schematics, and a warranty on the back page.


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