The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

15 replies [Last post]
gsmcten's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 4 2005
Posts: 1684
__________________

Steven (gsmcten)

"Apple ][.....It's ALIVE!!!!!"

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Dog Cow's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 11 2008
Posts: 262
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

As I posted on the 68kmla topic:

It's intriguing that the system still boots. It's too bad that the owner a few months ago didn't do more investigation in to trying to get it to load an operating system.

I think that's the bigger disappointment here. Not the sale price, but the thought that more could have been done to examine this prototype model.

__________________

Email me:
Mac GUI Vault: http://macgui.com/vault/
Apple II Book: http://macgui.com/newa2guide/

Dr. Webster's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 19 2003
Posts: 1633
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

Engadget's already picked up the story, via Cult of Mac:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/11/apple-macintosh-128k-with-twiggy-floppy-drive/

__________________

Applefritter Admin

Offline
Joined: Jan 25 2012
Posts: 22
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

I wish him luck at that price point. I kept it a private sale because I didn't want the attention selling a public thing on eBay would bring.

Offline
Joined: Oct 9 2011
Posts: 653
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

Wow is that what a Twiggy Prototype is worth? That's almost Apple-1 Territory...

Offline
Joined: Jan 25 2012
Posts: 22
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

Dog Cow wrote:

As I posted on the 68kmla topic:

It's intriguing that the system still boots. It's too bad that the owner a few months ago didn't do more investigation in to trying to get it to load an operating system.

I think that's the bigger disappointment here. Not the sale price, but the thought that more could have been done to examine this prototype model.

Perhaps you can tell those folks over there that if they had actually approved my forum registration, I might have actually had a chance of getting it working before I sold it.

Offline
Joined: Dec 11 2011
Posts: 55
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

I talked to someone who thought it was actually worth a lot more than that. He thinks it will sell. He suspected if someone were to buy it, get it working, dump roms, etc, get a lot of press about it, which considering what it is probably wouldn't be all that hard, just the ebay auction already generated quite a bit, then sell it at auction (not ebay) it might go for $200,000+.

I actually think I might agree, but I doubt it will sell. If you did get a lot of interest in it, I could see that as possible that someone would spend that kind of money. I'd still rather have an apple 1 at that price, and if you wanted to spend that kind of money, I think you could get an apple 1. (anyone know if that apple 1 on ebay for 175000 ever sold somewhere else?) Also a few more might show up, it's funny how that works, there might be some sitting around still that noone knows about, but when they see it posted all over they might look for them. With the way this one was found, it would not surprise me there are more out there. If a few more showed up the value would certainly go way down, especially if one was found in better condition (with disks, mouse, manual, shipping box, or something like that). With it as it sits, I still would be surprised to see someone spend more than $50,000 on it, but it is the only known one out there.

Dog Cow's picture
Offline
Joined: Dec 11 2008
Posts: 262
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

mactwiggy wrote:

Perhaps you can tell those folks over there that if they had actually approved my forum registration, I might have actually had a chance of getting it working before I sold it.

Well, it's unfortunate that things turned out that way.

__________________

Email me:
Mac GUI Vault: http://macgui.com/vault/
Apple II Book: http://macgui.com/newa2guide/

Offline
Joined: May 27 2009
Posts: 510
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

Fantastic! Congrats to both the buyer and seller. I can't possibly begin to imagine the how cheap this going for.

If I was interested in this I'd bid to $200,000+, easily. And anything below that is a steal!

Either way, it's great to see values like this.
The II + is indeed gaining traction, slowly but surely. A II+ with one drive just blew out at 200.00 + 50 shipping. Last year they were under 100.00

__________________

On a clear disk you can seek forever..

gsmcten's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 4 2005
Posts: 1684
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

It ain't over 'til the fat lady pays and the item has shipped.

__________________

Steven (gsmcten)

"Apple ][.....It's ALIVE!!!!!"

Offline
Joined: May 27 2009
Posts: 510
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

The bids went back to zero?!? A tempting curiosity..

__________________

On a clear disk you can seek forever..

gsmcten's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 4 2005
Posts: 1684
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

One of two things happened:
1. The guy who placed the bid was a Shill.
2. The guy bid and then withdrew after the auction was over.

I kind of figure it might be number 1. They thought that if one person bid, it would spur someone else to.

__________________

Steven (gsmcten)

"Apple ][.....It's ALIVE!!!!!"

Offline
Joined: May 27 2009
Posts: 510
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

I seriously thought of picking this up. What a sweet find. It would be a nice beginning to a mac collection I know someone is building.

Regarding the auction, it was probably number 1, shill bidding. The bid was withdrawn before the auction ended. Either shill or an error or change of mind. But most likely shill.

__________________

On a clear disk you can seek forever..

Offline
Joined: Dec 11 2011
Posts: 55
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

Seems you're too late (or you bought it?)... Looks like it sold:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160785335718#ht_20889wt_1403

I didn't realize it was a buy it now this time around.

I really hope the next owner can get it working

gsmcten's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 4 2005
Posts: 1684
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!
__________________

Steven (gsmcten)

"Apple ][.....It's ALIVE!!!!!"

Offline
Joined: Dec 19 2003
Posts: 5
Re: The "Twiggy Prototype 128k Mac" on eBay!

Hi guys,
Just wanted to let you know that the story of "how we got the 2 prototype Twiggy Macs to boot up" is now published. Although I don't agree with the title of the story "The world's oldest Macintosh", These two computers are definitely the world's oldest working Macs. Please check out this link, let me know what you think!

http://www.cultofmac.com/239280/twiggy-mac-lives-quest-to-resurrect-worlds-oldest-macintosh/

Cheers,
Adam