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Sat May 25, 2013, 09:11 PM

Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000

Source: AP-Excite

BERLIN (AP) - An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers - a functioning 1976 model - has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000).

German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage.

Breker claims it is one of only six known remaining functioning models in the world. Breker already sold one last year for 492,000 euros.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20130525/DA6GDIL80.html

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Reply Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000 (Original post)
Omaha Steve May 2013 OP
Spitfire of ATJ May 2013 #1
TM99 May 2013 #6
MrSlayer May 2013 #16
TM99 May 2013 #20
skamaria May 2013 #21
YOHABLO May 2013 #2
longship May 2013 #3
burrowowl May 2013 #5
Spitfire of ATJ May 2013 #7
dhol82 May 2013 #4
Spitfire of ATJ May 2013 #8
Omaha Steve May 2013 #10
Spitfire of ATJ May 2013 #18
Locut0s May 2013 #9
Omaha Steve May 2013 #22
PatSeg May 2013 #25
burnodo May 2013 #11
FrodosPet May 2013 #13
Omaha Steve May 2013 #15
0rganism May 2013 #26
liberal N proud May 2013 #12
leveymg May 2013 #14
hunter May 2013 #17
Atman May 2013 #19
KittyWampus May 2013 #23
Atman May 2013 #24

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 09:47 PM

1. Prepare to see everyone with an Apple in the garage post here.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #1)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:28 AM

6. I wish I had an original Apple I!

 

But sadly the oldest vintage Apple I still own is the Apple II my father bought me just a few years after this Apple I was made. I had it upgraded until it reached Apple IIe Platinum status with motherboard swaps and all the add-on cards.

It still works and every now and again, I flip her on and play a little vintage Castle Wolfenstein.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #6)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:02 AM

16. Das Pass?

 

Heil!

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Response to MrSlayer (Reply #16)

Sun May 26, 2013, 01:37 PM

20. Halt!

 

Kommen Sie!

What an awesome game. I am looking forward to Bethesda's new Wolfenstein title coming out in the next year.

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Response to TM99 (Reply #6)

Sun May 26, 2013, 04:50 PM

21. Ach Liben!!

n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 10:16 PM

2. Could the OP at least give us a photo of the damn thing?

 

This is the DU member formerly known as YOHABLO.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #2)

Sat May 25, 2013, 10:40 PM

3. Here's what you got when you bought one.



That's it. An Apple 1, one of the early one board computers.

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Response to longship (Reply #3)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:22 AM

5. Those were the days!

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #2)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:45 AM

7. Here's what was sold...

 



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 11:14 PM

4. damn


wish i had one.

anybody interested in an original atari unit? with cartridges?

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:46 AM

8. This last move eliminated a ton of old stuff including my old VIC 20.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #8)

Sun May 26, 2013, 04:59 AM

10. We had a VIC 20


Our first modem was 100 (I think) Baud on it. We had a Coleco ADAM first. We later got the 300 Baud modem for it and later a 1200 Baud to run a BBS.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #10)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:21 AM

18. I remember those days...

 

When it was common to start a download and then go mow the lawn.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #4)

Sun May 26, 2013, 12:54 AM

9. If I had a job right now I would be, I collect vintage consoles...

Well the beginnings of a collection anyway. It's amazing the amount of stuff some collectors have!

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #9)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:06 PM

22. We still have TWO working Coleco Adams (back when 64 k of mem and 8 MHZ of speed ruled over Apple)


Spare parts, most of the software that ever came out for it, original boxes, newsletters, books, and more.

Parts are still available here: http://ann.hollowdreams.com/adamsupplies.html












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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #22)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:44 AM

25. Thanks for posting

Love it!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 05:03 AM

11. Yes, but will my Packard Bell fetch anything in 2033?

 

I doubt it

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Response to burnodo (Reply #11)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:02 AM

13. They fetched a lot of RMAs in 1993

Crapard Bell! As a salesman, I learned to hate them because if I sold one, there was a high chance of losing the commission I made on them.

When I moved into a support tech position, I learned to love them. They helped assure I would have plenty of business. Add the headaches of an AOL installation changing critical system files to the mix: Bingo!

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Response to FrodosPet (Reply #13)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:06 AM

15. Seems to me we had a Packard Bell


With a DX-4 Intel processor?

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Response to burnodo (Reply #11)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:34 PM

26. ah, Packard Bell, the Edsel of computers

although probably completely worthless, now and forever, it has made its lasting mark in the timeline of dishonorable tech marketing.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 06:48 AM

12. Pawn Stars should have bought that old Apple when they had their chance.




There is a fool born every minute.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 07:49 AM

14. Here they are from '76 with the A1

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I worked a summer job during High School in a computer factory in '74 on the East Coast. The printers I assembled went with "mini computers" that were as big as a desk. These guys were way ahead of the curve - their homemade processor fit on top of a desk.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 10:10 AM

17. I still have the second "modern" computer I built, in 1979.

Alas it doesn't work. The microprocessor, a CDP 1802 I'd used in my first computer which was probably a factory second to begin with, failed a few years ago.

Nope, it's not for sale.

The first "computers" I built used relays. When I was a little kid I'd become obsessed with a relay driven tic-tac-toe machine I'd seen a tech museum and I wanted to build one myself. I don't have these anymore, but I loved the sounds they made.

Once upon a time I got to play with an apple I, but I don't think I've ever been in a position where I could have bought one.

Especially not now...

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 11:05 AM

19. I have a b&w Mac Classic that still still boots up. Hypercard is the main program.

It's not grayscale, it is 2 "color" -- black and white. There is a clock and a notepad, I think, but most everything runs on Hypercard. It still works. I found it on the side of the road, in a rainstorm. The keyboard and mouse were still wrapped in plastic. Somehow the rain didn't eff up the electronics.

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Response to Atman (Reply #19)

Sun May 26, 2013, 08:39 PM

23. what an amazing side-of-the-road find!

 

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Response to KittyWampus (Reply #23)

Sun May 26, 2013, 09:28 PM

24. It was owned by a dentist...

He left some patient records on the HyperCard stacks. Nothing serious...but it was amazing to boot it up and see that it was used as a "professional" computer.

The Mac Classic came out in 1990, essentially a minor upgrade to the Mac Plus. It was later replaced by the Classic II, which boasted 16 colors and up to 4mb of ram.

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