Now you can own a key piece of the history of Manzanaand is even signed by himself Steve Wozniackas long as your wallet can handle the price.
The legendary Apple-1 computer, first assembled by Wozniak and Steve Jobs in the Jobs family garage, is now for sale. It is functional, fully equipped and in almost perfect condition. The trap? It could fetch a price of around $500,000 by the time the sale is over. auction on June 12.
Apple-1 is the first computer created by Apple in 1976. Only 200 of them were made before the company moved to Apple II, and of those 200, very few remain. That number dwindles even further when you consider the fact that this particular Apple-1 computer is in working condition, has been professionally restored, and bears the signature of Apple founder Steve Wozniak. All of that together should add up to an overwhelmingly high price because what we see here is a true gem and a piece of computing history.
The computer, currently in the possession of The AAPL Collection, awaits its new owner in Dubai, but can be shipped worldwide. This computer is known as the Apple-1 “Schlumberger 2” due to the fact that it was originally sold to an oilfield service company called Schlumberger Overseas in 1977. It comes from the second batch of Apple-1 computers and is probably one of the last to be produced. they were assembled in the Jobs family garage in late 1977 or early 1976.
The Apple-1 was the first personal computer with a fully assembled motherboard, and the motherboard on this model is in very good condition with hardly any blemishes. The auctioned machine has preserved most of its original components. The Apple-1 didn’t come with a case, and neither does this one. Instead, the green motherboard sits proudly on display atop the slab of Brazilian walnut to which each component is mounted. It also sports the Synertek 6502 white ceramic microprocessor, signed by Wozniak in 2021.
Aside from the computer itself, the auction includes all the period-accurate goodies that help it run. The lucky buyer will also receive a Sanyo monitor, a Panasonic cassette recorder, a replica Apple-1 cassette interface, and a Cherry keyboard. In addition to these devices, the auction winner will also receive a photocopy of the Apple-1 operator’s manual along with a couple of vintage magazines with articles written by Steve Jobs.
The fact that the monitor and keyboard are all external additions is not at all shocking. The first Apple-1 computer was sold without a case, keyboard, or monitor. It didn’t even have a power supply. It was originally priced at $666.66, and only around 175 units were sold. With the introduction of the Apple II, the price of the first device dropped to just $475. Needless to say, this eBay listing won’t be that cheap.
As of now, the price sits at $100,000, with around 70 offers already made. However, as The AAPL Collection points out, similar devices have been selling for much more than that recently. The average price, based on six sales that took place between May 2019 and May 2022, comes in at a whopping $527,715. A similar model sold in November 2021 for $500,000. Considering this Apple-1 computer is fully operational (as shown in the video above) and in excellent condition, the price could still skyrocket from the current offering.
If you’d like to read a bit more about the Apple-1 and see some high-res computer images, be sure to check out the listing directly at eBay.