Who ever said Apple products are overpriced? Apple 1 sells for $650,000

Remember that rare, working Apple 1 that went up for sale in Germany, expected to net upwards of $260,000? It's now been sold for well over double its estimate, fetching $650,000 from an anonymous buyer.

The Apple 1 was amongst the first 50 units built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in his parents garage, as well as one of an estimated six that are still in working order. This particular unit, purchased together with an original monitor, tape-player and keyboard, was signed personally by Wozniak. The computer's original documentation was also signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, widely hailed as the company's figurehead.

German auction house Breker had previously set records by selling an Apple 1 for $640,000, but Saturday's auction in the German city of Cologne beats that record by $10,000.

The Apple 1, of which only 200 were made, is the "holy grail of collectable technology", according to Bob Luther, author of The First Apple. The unit sold by Breker on Saturday was originally owned by Fred Hatfield from Computer Data Systems. The original manual accompanying the device contains a letter from Steve Jobs to Hatfield, offering him the chance to exchange his Apple 1 for an Apple II 4K motherboard for an extra $400. Hatfield clearly made the right decision, as while Jobs' offer would have saved him almost $1,000 off the Apple II's original retail price, the Apple 1 he opted to keep has proved to be just slightly more profitable.

Source: BBC NewsImage via Breker

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I have my Atari still working but Atari is not a legendary stuff so might not worth much. My Atari MegaST (believe it or not) has 8Meg of RAM.

alright I'm starting to get concerned here... every other month we get an Apple 1 sold for hundreds of thousands story... This is what the 4th one in the past year? For a device that only had a few hundred kits made for, that's a pretty high percentage...

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
"Holy grail of collectable technology" Ehhh. No. This purely depends on the person.

have to agree fully

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
"Holy grail of collectable technology" Ehhh. No. This purely depends on the person.

Thanks for clearing that up. I always thought that when someone stated an opinion everyone else had to agree.

That's exactly what it says in the article and what the Bob, Ben or what ever thinks Apple 1 is. Otherwise it should say that it's an "holy grail for Apple fans", I can't care less for it personally.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
That's exactly what it says in the article and what the Bob, Ben or what ever thinks Apple 1 is. Otherwise it should say that it's an "holy grail for Apple fans", I can't care less for it personally.

Well, if you're not into collecting rare technology then you shouldn't care. Just like someone who isn't into collecting vintage baseball cards wouldn't care about the going rate, or owning a signed Mickey Mantle card.

Due to the Apple 1's importance in history and rarity, I don't see why this would be considered the holy grail for only collectors who are Apple fans. The same people buying up signed copies of Windows 1.0, or people who just like history are into this kind of junk.

It is a very important piece for anyone who is into collecting old computers.

One must be a really really blind MS fan to not understand that.

But it's Neowin i should not be surprised.

Maybe you're right, but you don't have to be a blind MS fan to not understand how they calculate the cost of extra memory in their computers. Because it's just plain ludicrous.

LaP said,
It is a very important piece for anyone who is into collecting old computers.

One must be a really really blind MS fan to not understand that.

But it's Neowin i should not be surprised.

I never mentioned that it isn't a important piece of computer history but technology = computers now? Tech is way wider than just Apple 1 from that era.