Apple fans will have the opportunity to purchase a rare piece of cyber history when an Apple-1 computer goes up for auction tomorrow.
The machine was hand-built by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and others at a garage in Los Altos, Calif., In 1976 and 1977. It was listed by the California auction house John Moran Auctioneers in their post-war and contemporary art and design auction. , which begins Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. PST.
The unit was named “Chaffey College Apple-1” because its first owner was a professor of electronics at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The person selling the Apple-1 is a former Chaffey student who bought it from the professor in 1977 for $ 650.
Lot includes the original Apple-1 “NTI” motherboard, which is marked “Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto, CA Copyright 1976”, with original blue Sprague 39D capacitors, original power regulators, rare original “Circle D” ceramic capacitors .01, and an Apple Cassette Adapter (ACI) in an original ByteShop Apple-1 koa wood case.
The case – one of six known examples in existence – contains a large gray Datanetics Rev D keyboard dated September 21, 1976.
Also included is a connection cable and an Apple -1 power supply, paired with a 1986 Panasonic video monitor [model no. TR-930U; serial no. KA6320206; dated: MAY 1986].
It comes with a vintage Xerox copy of the Apple-1 Basic Manual, the Apple-1 User Guide, an original MOS 6502 Programming Manual, and two Apple-1 software cassettes with a handwritten card. era with memory slots for Apple-1 Charging Software. Three original video interface, power, and cassette cables are also included.
John Moran Auctioneers estimates that the 16-piece Apple-1 lot will cost between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000 at auction.
The Apple-1 was Apple’s first product. The company only sold 175 units for $ 666.66 each.
To finance its creation, Steve Jobs sold his VW microbus for a few hundred dollars and Steve Wozniak contributed the $ 500 he raised by selling his HP-65 calculator.
Production of the Apple-1 ceased on September 30, 1977, three months after the model’s successor, the Apple II, was introduced.