An eBay listing was recently posted in which the owner of a vintage Apple 1 computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak themselves. This listing comes as a surprise, but not exactly because it’s such a rare piece of computer hardware. Many of us in the technology space are taken back because of the staggering 1.5 million US dollar price tag.
The listing, which was first spotted by IGN is one of the original six units that was made with its original Byte Shop KOA wood case and it’s original unmodified NTI motherboard. IGN’s report states that this unit is one of the 50 original Apple 1 computers hand built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. IGN says that the only parts that have been replaced to make the unit functional is the keyboard and video connectors. While to some collectors this may make the unit slightly less valuable, it is a very interesting piece of computer history nonetheless.
The owner of this Apple 1 system claims that he obtained the machine as part of a trade-in for a new Apple II in Montreal, Canada.
“The provenance of this Apple-1 system is seen in #79 on the Official Apple-1 Registry, as the second owner. I too possession in early 1978 from the original owner as part of a trade-in for a newer Apple II computer at the computer store where I maintained all Apple IIs in Montreal, Canada until Apple came to Canada. The transformer area on the case was recently reinforced, to prevent damage as performed on other similar Apple-1 cases in the past as adhesive deteriorates over time.”