On May 25th, a German auction house will put this Apple-1 computer up for sale, where it’s expected to fetch between $250,000 to $400,000. It’s just one of six left in the world that is said to still be in working order and also includes a signed letter from Steve Jobs offering its original owner, Fred Hatfield, an upgraded motherboard at the cost of $400.
Who would have thought that a $666.76 (1976 money) computer, which are today largely regarded as a throw away items after few years of use, could garner so much interest as well as money. Apparently, this same computer went up for auction last year but wasn’t bought, despite the accompanying letter and a motherboard that was signed Steve Woz, who built the motherboard by hand. Also included is the original manual and what looks to be a tape recorder/player.
Needless to say, Vintage Apple machines are worth a fair bit of coin. Last year another Apple-1 machine sold for $640,000.