There are only a handful of Apple-1 computers that are still floating around, so they are not often auctioned off. As noted by Macromore, in particular this model is extremely rare. It is marked as the “first batch” machine. It is ranked as the seventh machine created according to the Apple-1 registry. IN auction site notes that this is the only “first batch” computer that has been up for auction for a long time. In addition, this is the first Apple-1 ever sold with a serial number certified to be written by Steve Jobs. Daniel Kotke confirmed that the computer is working. He was one of Apple’s first employees and was around when they were built. The auction also includes a reproduction of the guide, which was signed by Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Naturally, Woz wrote, “Think differently!”
In addition to the motherboard, which comes without a case (these were the days), it includes all the original components. Includes a power supply with a correct period, made by Brittany McGannon. There is also a monitor Sanyo VM-4509, which is a monochrome display with a diagonal of 9 inches. It has a Datanetics keyboard and a cassette interface. The auction site also says it includes Prom A1, which we believe is a diagnostic card that plugs into the motherboard and can run some utilities. Although the auction site notes that this is a working computer, it seems like it would be something of an adventure to put it into action. It’s like a dream come true for a wealthy Apple fan.
One of the reasons these Apple-1 computers are so rare is that many of them were destroyed by Jobs and Wozniak themselves. They stopped Apple-1 after the release of Apple-II and tried to return all Apple-1 computers. They even offered special exchange deals and discounts to attract previous buyers. Those that were returned were destroyed and only about 200 were made in total, and all were sold for $ 666.66. It is now estimated that only about half of them still exist.
The last Apple-1 computer to be auctioned was the Choffey College. It was put up for auction last November. He was baptized after being sold to a professor at the college, who sold him to a student. This particular computer was just one of six known to include a Koa Wood case for the motherboard. It eventually sold for $ 500,000 when the dust settled.