Upcoming Apple I Computer Auction Will Open at $116,000
This is the same auction house that sold a working Apple I computer on November 24, 2012 for a record $640,000. Prior to that, the record sat at $374,500 for a system that was auctioned off by Sotheby's in New York. Pretty crazy for a computer that originally sold for $666.66 back in 1976 when it debuted (or $2,700 in today's currency after accounting for inflation).
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Auctioneer Uwe Breker tells The New York Times that the reserve price for this weekend's Apple I is $116,000. He conservatively expects it to sell for anywhere from $260,000 on up to $400,000, though there's always a chance it could set another record, especially since this is working rig.
One reason why these systems command such a premium among collectors is that they're incredibly scarce. It's believed that no more than 200 Apple I computers were ever made, of which less than 50 may remain.