Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

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Could this be the one that was up for sale on Ebay back in December 2011?

http://www.sothebys.com/en/catalogues/ecatalogue.html/2012/books-manuscripts-n08864#/r=/en/ecat.fhtml.N08864.html+r.m=/en/ecat.lot.N08864.html/57/

estimated $120,000 to $180,000 - Sale date 12 June 2012

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

No this is a different board. This is an NTI board and in working condition.

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

Wow, without the box and signed letter, the bid closed at over $370,000. And.. it is NTI run, one of the first run was just sold by Huston brother on Ebay at below $80,000 a couple week ago. I can imagine that the Apple 1 replica kit now posted on EBay can run over $2000 at least.

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

The one on eBay from the Huston brothers was a very damaged/hacked on board and didn't run. It also had replaced components. The one that sold today was a pristine NTI board with original parts. It had all the original documentation and was a known running unit. Most aren't. Also currently the NTI boards seem rarer to have survived, though this could change. I expect a bunch of unknown boards to appear over the next year or so....

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

This Apple 1 has been tracked in Mike's Apple 1 Registry. It is described as being sold on Ebay in 2010 item 320585219846

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

According to the news reports this evening it sold for $374k.

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

Wow, yeah, it does seem to be that one. 2 years ago someone paid $22,766.66 for it...

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

Wow, maybe boosted by the final bid figure at Sotheby's, the Apple 1 replica listed on ebay is sold for $2025, look like Willegal's Mimeo 1 kit.

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

Maybe the Sotheby's auction, but I doubt it.

Yes, the replica kit on eBay is a Mimeo. Right now complete kits are unavailable so the price goes up for people who want one from someone who has one.

I think Mike will have to raise the price of the Mimeo kits when he makes more as parts are becoming much harder to get and much more expensive. I don't blame the auction if he has to raise prices. I applaud Mike for being able to keep the price down for so long, but I think a lot of that is because he bought a ton of the hard to find stuff years ago. As he runs out and has to locate and replace those parts he will have to rethink the price. I can tell you to replace the parts he includes in the kit on your own could cost you as much or more than the eBay Mimeo unless you are very lucky or get together with a bunch of friends to meet line item and order minimums.

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Corey

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

I guess you guys are saying it was this one:

http://www.applefritter.com/node/24817

Ouch!

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

I don't think the seller was the one who purchased it for 22k. Remember out of the $374,500 price, the seller has to pay auction fees which is something like 20% and income taxes, so in the end I don't think they could go out and buy a nice house with the proceeds depending on how much they paid for the board. However they can have a nice addition to their kid(s) college fund...

I'd still much rather win the lottery...

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Corey

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

Christies auction just finished, no sale at $65k.

http://www.christies.com/lotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5578235

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

qubitz, what was the Christies auction for? There's no result in your link or any result in searching that number. That Christies site seems pretty screwy generally.

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

It was for a very dusty pre-NTI board. Didn't go see this one in person (my week in NJ was busy so no trips to NYC) so I can't tell you the condition, but it had no original documentation and didn't run. The pictures on the Christies site was ok but not detailed and no backside pictures to verify the condition. I guess they really didn't want it to sell or they would have done a lot of press like Sotheby's and would have cleaned it up before taking pictures. They also could have taken more pics. Also Mike Willegal thinks this is a new board to the registry. He updated it already to reflect that.

Lesson learned if anyone here is selling their board. Don't use Christies! Apparently Sotheby's is the way to go Smile

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Corey

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Re: Original Apple I for sale at Sotheby's

Interesting, I guess Christie's doesn't like bad press. It was lot 94 on June 22. I watched it live online and it didn't sell with bidding at $65k. I didn't think they would take down the page so I didn't save a copy.