Friday, June 28, 2013

Curios: Christie's Apple Auction

Images Source: Christie's.

Christie's Auction House is currently auctioning off a number of early Apple computers. Bids at the time of writing ranged from USD $300 to USD $300,000, indicating that a collectors' market is growing around this hardware. From the catalogue:
1976, Palo Alto: A young Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs pore over Wozniak’s circuit designs in Jobs’ parents’ garage, hand-assembling a modest device that would help catalyze the Information Revolution: the “Apple I,” their fledgling company’s first computer. As part of this exclusive online auction of vintage Apple products, June 24 through July 9, Christie’s is offering one of the first 25 Apple I’s assembled—inscribed with the serial number 01-0025 in black ink, and signed “Woz.” A 1983 Apple “Lisa” (named after Jobs’ daughter), an assortment of early prototypes, software and other must-haves for the retro tech lover complete this fascinating look back at the future.
(Thanks to -C.)

 Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (1997).

Apple-1 Personal Computer (1976).

Macintosh with translucent SE Case (1987).

Prototype of a Macintosh portable computer: the "first commercial portable computer used in space and the first to send email in space (Space Shuttle mission STS-43, 1991" (1989-1990).

Apple //e computer (1983-1984).