A wooden Apple-1, the first computer model marketed by the Apple firm since 1976, was auctioned in Southern California on Tuesday, November 9, and could be worth more than a million dollars. The company founded by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs only built 200 Apple-1s, all assembled by hand at Jobs, most of which sold for $666.66 at the time. Experts say the copy, auctioned by the John Moran auction house in Monrovia, near Los Angeles, is estimated to cost between $400,000 and $600,000, but could sell for more. A working Apple-1 was sold by the House of Bonhams in 2014 for over $900,000.
According to expert Corey Cohen, interviewed by the newspaper Los Angeles TimesOf the 60 Apple-1s listed to date, only 20 of them, including the home sold by John Moran, are still in operation. The copy is all the more original as it has an exotic wooden case, native to the island of koa, Hawaii, a rarity that has earned it a place in a sale otherwise devoted to contemporary art and design. . According to John Moran’s house listing, there are only six known examples of an Apple-1 with a koa housing.
In 1976, Apple-1s were among the first personal computer models already assembled (especially with components already soldered onto the motherboard) but they were often sold without a case or keyboard. A copy bought by a professor at Chaffee College at the time went up for sale on Tuesday, “is like the holy grail for collectors of electronics and old computers”, assured Corey Cohen. This professor sold it in 1977 to one of his students, who retained it to this day and opted to remain anonymous.
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