Apple’s fans are legion but it would take a very particular Cupertino worshipper to shell out some $700,000 for the Apple-1 circuit board and around $10,000 for Steve Jobs’ signature.
The Apple-1, the company’s first ever home computer, being sold at auction for charity by Charitybuzz, was owned by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s friend and former Apple employee, Adam Schoolsky. The Apple-1 circuit board, which as been dubbed the ‘Schoolsky’ model is one of around 70 in existence out of the 200 Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs’ sister and their team built by hand when Apple was just a fledgling company no one had heard of.
As such, the Schoolsky Apple-1 currently has four bids on it with the current bid sitting at a large $204,000. And to think the iPhone X is being branded as expensive at £999.
But the successful bidder won’t just get the Apple-1 circuit board; they’ll win the original manual for the computer, its cassette storage, Apple’s price listing for the Apple-1, and the original box amongst a few other historical gubbins. This makes it a true item of Apple and tech history, hence the gargantuan valuation.
Apple fanatics without wallets as deep as the Marianas Trench, can have a go bidding for a copy of Newsweek from October 24 1988, which features Steve Jobs on the cover and has his signature along with the phrase “I love manufacturing” written upon it. Up for auction on the RU Auction site, with bids opening on October 20, the magazine is predicted to go for between $10,000 and $15,000 and will likely sell to collectors of tech-orientated artefacts and slices of history.
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