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The world of technology has come a long way since the first Apple computer was introduced in 1976, but that doesn’t mean that the early models have lost their appeal. In fact, the opposite is true: vintage Apple products are some of the rarest and most expensive collector’s items out there, and a new auction from RR Auction has just added another item to that exclusive list.
The highlight of the “Steve Jobs and the Computer Revolution” auction is an Apple-1 computer that was recently discovered and added to the list of remaining devices. The machine was first used as a demonstration system at the Data Domain computer store in Columbus, Indiana in 1977, before being given to its current owner. It has since been signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and is in fully operational condition.
Only around 200 Apple-1 computers were produced in 1976, and of those, 175 were sold. Today, only a limited number of the devices remain, making them highly sought after by collectors. The Data Domain Apple-1 is considered an “exceptional and historic” example of one of the machines, and RR Auction expects it to sell for over $500,000.
But that’s not all that’s up for grabs at the auction. Other notable items include notes handwritten by Steve Jobs, a Steve Jobs-signed check, a Steve Jobs business card, an Apple IIe, a Macintosh 128K prototype computer, an Apple Lisa, an Apple Computer stock certificate, an Apple Computer latch hook rug and a collection of Apple pins and keychains.
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One particularly interesting item is an original, sealed first-generation iPhone, which is expected to sell for well over $20,000. This is not the first time that a sealed first-generation iPhone has gone up for auction – one sold for over $63,000 in 2022 – but it’s still a testament to the enduring appeal of Apple’s early products.