Late last month, Christie's kicked off an auction for a rare Apple I computer with its original manual, schematics and a photo of the two Steves. The online-only auction ended today at a lower-than-expected US$387,750, according to a press release from Christie's. Pre-auction estimates suggested the piece of Apple history could sell for as much as $500,000, as previous auctions for Apple I computers fetched up to $671,400.
The Apple I was part of a larger group that included a total of 10 iconic items from Apple's history. Besides the Apple I, the First Bytes collection also included an Apple Lisa, a prototype Apple IIGS and a 20th Anniversary Macintosh limited to 12,000 units. All the auctions ended today, and we will update the prices for these vintage Apple items when they become available.
FIRST BYTES: ICONIC TECHNOLOGY FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ONLINE-ONLY AUCTION FEATURING VINTAGE TECH PRODUCTS INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL APPLE COMPUTER, APPLE-1
New York/London/Paris/Hong Kong – An original Apple computer, now known as the Apple-1, sold for $387,750 at Christie's auction of vintage tech products, making it the highest priced item to ever be sold through Christie's new online-only platform. The Apple-1, one of the first 25 Apple-1's ever assembled, inscribed with the serial number 01-0025 in black ink was designed and hand-built in 1976 by Steve Wozniak, who later signed his work "Woz." Christie's saw traffic to the First Bytes online-only sale page from 96 countries with 77% of the viewers new to Christie's.