Monday, January 30, 2023

Apple-1 computer, “Holy Grail” of vintage technology, to be auctioned in Southern California

Apple’s new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro laptop can set you back nearly $ 4,000 before taxes.

But it will be like a Black Friday theft, when a 45-year-old Apple computer goes on sale this week in Monrovia, where it can bail out six figures or more, even without a 16-inch HD screen and the latest microprocessors. …

On Tuesday, John Moran Auctioneers will auction a working Apple-1 computer, hand-built by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and others in a Los Altos, California garage in 1976. The system was the rock on which Apple was worth a trillion dollars. an empire was built.

In his 2011 Steve Jobs biography Walter Isaacson quotes Wozniak as saying about the Apple-1: “We were part of the biggest revolution that ever happened,” I thought. I was so happy to be a part of it. “

Hand-Picked Apple-1 At John Moran Auctioneers.

The hand-assembled Apple-1 is up for sale at the John Moran Auctioneers on Saturday. It was built by hand by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and others in a Los Altos, California garage in 1976.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) #

The device was named “Apple-1 of Chaffee College” because Professor Chaffee was named its first owner. It was discovered at the home of a former student Chaffee on the Cucamonga Ranch, who bought it from the professor for $ 650 in 1977.

The student, who wished to remain anonymous until the sale ended, kept the computer for the next four decades.

The investment could pay off as the auction house and Apple-1 experts expect the device to sell for nearly $ 500,000, if not more. The estimates are not unfounded; The operating unit was sold by auction house Bonhams for $ 905,000 in 2014.

“It’s kind of the Holy Grail for collectors of vintage electronics and computer hardware,” said Corey Cohen, Apple-1 expert. “It’s really exciting for a lot of people.”

Cohen has made a career out of researching, authenticating, and repairing Apple-1 devices for auction houses and others, and John Moran encouraged him to do the same.

Wozniak, Jobs and others assembled about 200 Apple-1 units, 175 of which were sold. There are still about 60 Apple-1 devices in existence, Cohen said, and only about 20, including the Chaffey device, can function.

Cohen said the device was not in “bad shape” when he examined it, although the keyboard needed to be completely rebuilt.

But according to Cohen, the Chaffey device is unique and perhaps more valuable thanks to its koa wood casing, accessories and provenance.

The Apple-1s as assembled by Wozniak and Jobs were sold primarily as simple boards and did not include screens, keyboards, or cases, unlike Apple’s polished metal and glass products sold today.

Byte Shop, a computer store in the Bay Area, commissioned the nascent company to build 50 Apple-1s, and upon delivery, the owner was “a little bit perplexed,” Isaacson wrote.

“He was expecting something more complete. But Jobs stared at him, and he agreed to take delivery and pay, ”Isaacson said.

The Byte Shop decorated the boards by enclosing them in an economical koa box for the time.

The Original Apple-1 Is Displayed On A 1986 Panasonic Video Monitor.

The original Apple-1 NTI motherboard and Apple Cassette Interface (ACI) in the original Byte Shop wooden case along with a Datanetics Rev D keyboard are used in conjunction with a 1986 Panasonic video monitor.

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) #

According to Cohen, koa wood is now a very expensive commodity, and only a few copies of the Apple-1 with cases have been released.

“He has all the details and has a really good lineage,” he said. “We can pretty much trace it back to the original professor to whom it belonged.”

The professor sold the device to his student to fund the Apple-II upgrade.

“One of my reactions was, ‘Wow, I don’t know who this instructor is, but I hope they don’t read the news right now or think about how they sold it for $ 600,” said Steve Sidschlag, a specialist in computer science. Professor Chaffee. Siedschlag and his colleagues have still not been able to identify the professor.

“It’s great that he walked through our halls and now everyone hears about it,” he said.

The block remained in the student’s possession until Noel Valentino, manager of trusts and estates at John Moran, gave a speech to financial planners and wealth consultants, urging them to ask their clients to comb things for hidden treasures.

The welfare consultant who attended the lecture began regularly asking his clients if they had any items that might be of value.

One client thought he could by imagining a computer he had been holding on to for 40 years.

The computer crossed Valentino’s desk, which deals with art and antiques.

“At first I didn’t really understand what it was,” Valentino said. “But I was intrigued enough by the sounds of this first Apple computer.”

“I thought, ‘I’m just going to ask some other colleagues about this.’ It was they who really nearly fell when they heard that we had such an opportunity, ”she said.

“When you see certain items, you just know they’re going to be attractive,” said Nathan Martinez, director of advertising and marketing for John Moran. “Apple-1 is one of those.”

Correspondence trading for the computer opened last week with $ 200,000. The most recent bid as of Friday afternoon was $ 250,000.

“A lot of people just want to know what kind of people build Apple-1 computers, and it’s not just people from the tech industry,” Cohen said.

People in politics and cosmetics have an Apple-1, he said.

Cohen himself owns Apple-1, but even a six-figure salary isn’t enough to get him to sell.

“I don’t have to sell mine,” he said. “My kids will have to deal with this.”

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