You Can Now Buy One of Apple’s First Computers on eBay

The latest piece of history you can purchase on eBay is actually one of the first Apple computers. In remarkably good condition, one of the six Apple-1 computers that exist in the world can be bought on eBay — in its original case and all — for a super chill $1.5 million.

It’s kind of worth it though as it’s a pretty rare and unique opportunity. This Apple-1 computer model is not only in amazing condition, it’s the only one that’s currently not in a museum.

Introduced in April 1976, the Apple-1 was the model that actually kicked things off. It was the first computer Steve Wozniak designed and hand-built for Apple, while it was operating out of the garage of Steve Jobs’s parents in California. It’s hard to imagine that tiny operation, compared to what Apple is today.

This Apple-1 is one of 63 that are known to exist, and one of the six that are still in working condition. Bought by the seller in 1978, this specific model was verified as an original by Apple-1 expert Corey Coehn back in 2019. It’s legit, and it even has a certificate of authenticity signed by Achim Baque, curator of the Apple-1 Registry. 

Although the Macintosh 129K and the iMacg3 are a little more iconic in their look and their popularity, the Apple-1 was the design that started it all, and that piece of history is invaluable.

The model that’s for sale on eBay is still in its original Byte Shop KOA wooden case, which has helped keep it protected up until now and it also features the factory Datanetics Version D keyboard and power supply. A period Sony TV-155, which is the display recommended by Jobs, is also included.

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For collectors, tech nerds and history nerds alike, this purchase is a dream. For a millionaire, it’s a no-brainer. Although the seller is seeking the high (but understandable) price of $1.5 million, we are talking about eBay here, and there does seem to be some room for negotiation. The listing allows you to submit your best offer, so go for it.

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