Boston bases RR Auction house will be putting the late Steve Jobs’ own “Apple-1 Computer Prototype” on auction on August 18, 2022. The action house is known for putting several of Steve Jobs’ personal belonging, computers, and other authentic items on auction.
Earlier this year, “The Steve Jobs Revolution: Engelbart, Atari, and Apple” was put up for bidding on March 17, 2022. Forty-one Apple items on auction including the first-generation iPod, Steve Jobs signed High School yearbook, photographs as a college freshman, cheque, job application, and more were part of the auctioned collection. In 2021, the firm auctioned jackets worn by Steve Jobs, Apple I computer, Newton MessagePad 120, a manual and letter signed by Jobs, and other items.
Steve Jobs’ original “Apple Computer A” prototype will be available for bidding on August 18 at 7:00 PM EDT
As per the listing, Apple’s co-founder’s original “Apple Computer A” prototype which was hand-soldered by Steve Wozniak in 1976 will be open for bidding on August 18 from 7:00 PM EDT. However, the bid must be placed at 6:00 PM EDT to be included in the auction.
At the time of writing, the latest bid is at $278,005 and the next will be $305,806 showing that the Apple Computer A prototype has a high value in the collectors’ community, the circuit board bagged the first big order for the company.
Historic early prototype example of the computer that started it all—Steve Jobs’s own Apple-1 Computer prototype, hand-soldered by Steve Wozniak on a unique “Apple Computer A” printed circuit board. In 1976, Jobs used this prototype to demonstrate the Apple-1 to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of the first personal computer stores in the world.
The demo resulted in Apple Computer’s first big order and changed the course of the company—what Jobs and Woz had conceived as part of a $40 do-it-yourself kit for hobbyists became, at Terrell’s request, a fully assembled personal computer to be sold at $666.66. Wozniak later placed Terrell’s purchase order for fifty Apple-1s in perspective: ‘That was the biggest single episode in all of the company’s history. Nothing in subsequent years was so great and so unexpected.’