Rare Apple-I computer going up for auction with $200,000 starting bid

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A rare Apple-I computer is going up for sale at a small California auction house later in November with a starting bid of $200,000.

Credit: John Moran
Credit: John Moran

The Apple-I, which is being put up for auction by John Moran Auctioneers and Appraisers, was hand-build by Steve Wozniak. The specific model in question is known as the "Chaffey College" Apple-I because it was purchased by an electronics professor at the school in 1976 and sold to a student.

According to the auction listing, the computer is made up of an original "NTI" motherboard sporting Sprague 39D capacitors, original power regulators, and rare "Circle D" ceramic capacitors.

In addition, the lot includes an Apple Cassette Adapter and is housed in an original ByteShop Apple-1 koa wood case with a Datanetics Keyboard, the connecting cable and power supply, a 1986 video monitor. Other assorted items included in the lot include various operating guide, manuals, and cables.

John Moran says that the specific Apple-I model has been meticulously authenticated, restored, and evaluated. It will be included in the official registry of Apple-I computers under the "Chaffey College Apple-I" moniker.

The lot is going up for auction at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, Nov. 9. It has a starting bid of $200,000, with estimated selling prices between $400,000 and $600,000.

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