Rare Working Apple-1 up for auction at $260-$400k

Breker, a German auction house, is set to put an Apple-1 in working order up for sale later this month. Those familiar with the auction predict it may fetch between $261,000 and $392,000, as one of only an estimated six functioning Apple-1 computers still in existence.

The record sale price for an Apple-1 was set last year in an auction that reached $640,000, also conducted by Breker and noted by AppleInsider.

The computer is signed by Steve Wozniak after originally being owned by Fred Hatfield from Computer Data Systems. Also accompanying the device is the original manual and a letter from Steve Jobs to Hafield, offering him the chance to exchange his Apple-1 for an Apple II 4K motherboard for an extra $400. This would have been something of a saving, as the Apple II went on sale originally in 1977 for $1,298.

First released in 1976, the Apple-1 was originally priced at the decidedly ominous sum of $666.66, with just 200 units ever put into production. It is estimated there are roughly 30 to 50 units still intact, with just an estimated six in working order, one of which is the focal point of this auction.

Mike Willegal, an engineer who has indexed 41 Apple-1 computers, spoke about the machine going up for sale:

That is the Fred Hatfield machine listed in my registry. It's been cleaned up and brought into operating condition.

He went on to add:

I have no clue about what will win it, but it seems like the European auctions seem to be gathering the highest bids, so it may well reach its estimated value.

Source: ComputerWorldImage via Breker

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The Apple I did not come with a case, or much of anything at all. It was up to the user to add the other required components and whatever other features they wanted. The one you are thinking of was just a homemade case someone built.

However if it was termites would that be an example of an early computer bug?

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I wonder if it can play Crysis on max settings.

It probably will... at one frame every million years, considering you keep its CPU under liquid nitrogen.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I wonder if it can play Crysis on max settings.

It would be lucky to push out a pixel every million years with CPU at 0 kelvin and at maximum efficiency Its amazing to see how far we've come!

Actually it couldn't even do that since the game is not compatible with this processor nor does it have any type of 3D processing capability. It wouldn't even be able to access or store a fraction of the data required. So no, it could not play Crysis at all.

/taking the joke way too seriously