Wooden Apple-1 computer hand-built in 1976 draws $400K at auction

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Apple-1 made of Koa wood A woody Apple-1 machine fetched $400,000 astatine John Moran auctions this week successful Monrovia, California. John Moran Auctioneers

A uncommon portion of integer past went up for auction this week.

A beautifully hand-crafted, woody Apple-1 computer, built successful 1976 by the tech giant’s founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, fetched $400,000 at John Moran auctions this week successful Monrovia, California, adjacent Los Angeles.

The machinery — specifically, the motherboard — is encased successful wood carved from the Hawaiian koa tree, and represents conscionable 1 of lone 200 that were made. The afloat kit besides features a built-in keyboard, a detached Panasonic monitor, 2 cassette tapes of Apple bundle and a idiosyncratic manual — and among possibly conscionable 20 oregon truthful continuously functioning systems successful the world.

The machine had lone 2 erstwhile owners, noted John Moran Auctioneers, the 2nd of whom purchased the portion from the archetypal owner, his Chaffey College prof of programming, for conscionable $650 successful 1977. The erstwhile student, who remained unidentified, kept the “Chaffey College” Apple-1 idiosyncratic machine successful operable bid done this day.

Apple-1 machine  made of koa woodThe still-operating portion primitively would person been sold for $666.66 successful 1976 during Apple’s launch.John Moran Auctioneers
Apple-1 made of Koa woodSteve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, created their Apple-1 prototype from a Palo Alto store successful the mid-1970s.John Moran Auctioneers

“This is benignant of the beatified grail for vintage electronics and machine tech collectors,” said Apple-1 adept Corey Cohen successful an interrogation with the Los Angeles Times. “That truly makes it breathtaking for a batch of people.”

Wozniak and Jobs, on with co-founder Ronald Wayne, created their Apple-1 prototype from a store successful Palo Alto immoderate 45 years ago.

The archetypal Apple-1 computers were sold successful 1976 with a cheeky terms tag of $666.66.

“While that sounds beauteous ominous, 666, it’s due to the fact that Steve Wozniak likes repeating numbers,” Cohen told NPR’s Morning Edition. “Even his ain telephone fig astatine the clip had a repeating number.”

Apple-1 made of Koa woodThe woody lawsuit was fashioned by The Byte Shop, the archetypal retailer to merchantability Apple products, successful Mountain View, Calif.John Moran Auctioneers
Apple-1 made of Koa woodThe Hawaiian koa wood exterior is adjacent rarer contiguous arsenic concern deforestation has reduced the autochthonal tree’s prevalence connected the islands.John Moran Auctioneers

The woody lawsuit which held the Apple founders’ exertion was fashioned by The Byte Shop, the archetypal retailer to merchantability their products, successful Mountain View. It is lone 1 of six Apple-1’s featuring the koa exterior — valued adjacent higher contiguous arsenic concern deforestation has reduced the autochthonal Hawaiian tree’s prevalence.

The winning bidder has not been reported — though they seemingly scored a beauteous bully woody compared to the erstwhile Apple-1 machine sold astatine a Bonhams auction successful New York successful 2014, for an awesome $905,000.