Apple-1 sale highlights value of old tech

The sale today of an original Apple-1 is expected to fetch half a million dollars underlining the increasing value of old technology

With Christmas coming up with all of its expenses and the prospect of unforeseen costs with frozen pipes and boilers going wrong it might be a good idea to turf through stock rooms and attics to see if some old computers are lying around that could raise a few bob.

Not everyone will be able to lay their hands on an Apple I, which is being auctioned by Christies later and expected to fetch half a million dollars, but some old machines could be worth something.

Old technology is becoming increasingly collectable and it is is something in decent condition, has good providence and is perhaps something a bit unusual then it could be worth thousands.

A quick scan of eBay reveals that you could pick up a Varian Data Machine 620/L-100 for £6,372.06 and an IBM gold plated 5MB disk platter is currently being listed with a price of £6,372.06.

For those that remember Digital a DEC PDP 8/L minicomputer is on for £3,822.60 and the Apple Delphi prototype multiserver set, which includes a server and a backup unit is worth £3,186.03.

The Apple-1 is a bit special having been hand built by Steve Wozniak and his colleague Steve Jobs in a garage and was limited to a production run of around 200 making the computer, which came without a keyboard or monitor, something that appealed to real tech enthusiasts.

The Apple-1 on sale this afternoon is one of the last machines that can be traced back to the garage owned by Steve Job's parents and comes with the sort of providence that makes it very attractive to collectors.

"Named after its first owner, Charles Ricketts, this example is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented to have been sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents' garage," stated Christies.

"It is estimated at $400,000-$600,000, the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction," added the auction house, which will raise the gavel on the machine in New York later today.

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