Christies Auction house is once again the focus of the Apple world. With another Apple-1 computer coming available, the question begins to arise, “How many of these machines are left?” Over the past 5 years a dozen or so of the classic Apple-1 computers have sold at various auction houses with some fetching well over $900,000 USD. The recent sale by Bonhams Auction House brought less than 40 percent of that, yet it still had a decent selling price compared to the original $666.66 that Apple sold the machine for.
According to Mike Willegal’s Apple-1 Registry website (http://www.willegal.net/appleii/apple1-originals.htm), there are just 66 of the machines remaining today. More than 200 Apple-1’s were originally produced, yet Apple’s trade in program for the Apple II insured that many of the machines disappeared into oblivion.
The latest Apple-1 is included in Christies Seven Centuries of Science auction and is believed to be the computer originally owned by Joe Torzewski, the founder of the Apple-1 Owners Club. (http://www.applefritter.com/apple1)The machine was purchased by Joe in 1977 and was featured heavily in the book Apple-1 Replica Creation by Tom Owad, of Applefritter.com fame.
The auction is estimated to draw anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000 USD and has an opening bid of $240,000 USD. The machine features one of the nicer cases built for an Apple-1 as well as the original manuals in very nice condition.
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