Apple-1 market

Known auctions of Apple-1 computer

Apple-1 Registry's list of all known successful auctions.
Any Apple-1 auction draws a lot of attention. It is the historic value everyone is aware of, and of course the high auction results.

The auction results are often a surprise. Even more or less equal (in terms of condition and accessories) Apple-1 sometimes achieve very different results in the same year. As it is at any auction- it is a matter of luck and the people attending. Sometimes a dog fight between two bidders pushes the price a lot. Anyway, a collector’s item is worth as much as someone is willing to pay.

For better understanding everything is converted to US$. Price should be hammer price including buyers premium but excluding possible taxes or import taxes.

More than a Million US$: In 2016 the buyer of so called Celebration Apple-1 stated in interviews that he would have payed 1.2 Million (some sources say 1.6 Million US$) if necessary.

Number of successful auctions since 2000 by auction house (alphabetic order, total 31):
5x Bonhams NYC
4x Breker Germany
3x CharityBuzz NYC
7x Christie's (2x Christie's London, 3x Christie's NYC, 2x Christie's online)
7x eBay
1x O’Gallerie Portland, Oregon US
1x RR Auction
1x Sotheby's NYC
2x VCF (Vintage Computer Festival)

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Apple-1 auctions *1 since 2000 (only successful auctions!). © Apple-1 Registry
Date Auction Note Price Link
2000 VCF 4.0 #49 in the Registry - Ray Borrill US$ 14,000  
2002 VCF #12 in the Registry - 2002 VCF auction US$ 14,000  
Oct. 2009 eBay buy it now #59 in the Registry - Postman US$ 17,950  
Nov. 2009 eBay #41 in the Registry - Frank Anderson US$ 50,000 Link
Mar. 2010 eBay #21 in the Registry - Huston #1 US$ 42,766 Link
Aug. 2010 O’Gallerie Portland,
OR US
#08 in the Registry - Framed #1 of 4 ? Link
Sept. 2010 eBay #37 in the Registry - Nexon US$ 22,766  
Nov. 2010 Christie’s London #41 in the Registry - Frank Anderson
(142,819.85 Pound)
US$ 228,393 Link
June 2012 eBay Huston Brothers Apple-1 # unknown US$ 75,600  
June 2012 Sotheby’s NYC #37 in the Registry - Nexon US$ 374,500 Link
Nov. 2012 Breker Germany #40 in the Registry - Framed #2 of 4 US$ 627,000 Link
May 2013 Breker Germany #37 in the Registry - Nexon US$ 671,400 Link
July 2013 Christie’s Online #18 in the Registry - Byte Shop 25 US$ 387,750 Link
Nov. 2013 Breker Germany #17 in the Registry - Framed #4 of 4 US$ 340,000 Link
June 2014 Christie’s NYC #86 in the Registry - Byte Shop 83 US$ 87,500 Link
Oct. 2014 Bonhams NYC #19 in the Registry - John Anderson
(buyer was the Henry Ford museum)
US$ 905,000 Link
Dec. 2014 Christie’s NYC #30 in the Registry - Ricketts US$ 365,000 Link
Apr. 2015 eBay #31 in the Registry - Copson US$ 236,100 Link
Sept. 2015 Bonhams NYC #72 in the Registry - Romkey US$ 365,000 Link
Oct. 2015 Christie's London #34 in the Registry - Torzewski   Link
May 2016 Breker Germany #14 in the Registry - Dryden
(After auction 350,000 US$ were offered)
US$ 130,000 Link
June 2016 eBay #76 in the Registry - eBay 2016
(low price due to condition of the auction)
US$ 60,300 Link
Aug. 2016 Charitybuzz NYC #75 in the Registry - Celebration
(new owner would have bidden well over 1 Million US$)
US$ 815,000 Link
June 2017 Christie’s NYC #73 in the Registry - VanGilluwe US$ 355,500 Link
Sept. 2017 Charitybuzz NYC #58 in the Registry - Schoolsky US$ 401,000 Link
Dec. 2017 Bonhams NYC #74 in the Registry - Steve Fish US$ 372,000 Link
June 2018 Charitybuzz NYC #23 in the Registry - Duston 2 sold after auction Link
Sept. 2018 RR Auction #78 in the Registry - West Coast US$ 375,000 Link
Dec. 2018 Bonhams NYC #80 in the Registry - Byte Shop 44 US$ 237,500 Link
Mar. 2019 Bonhams NYC #83 in the Registry - Flatiron US$ 122,566 Link
May 2019 Christie's Online #10 in the Registry - Rick Conte US$ 475,000 Link
*1 Note:
It is nearly impossible to compare auctions!
You can't conclude from any auction result if the value is going up. You may see an overall trend.
You always have to consider
- the different auctions and auction locations,
- the very different condition of any Apple-1 and
- what else is included in the auction, like manuals, letters etc.
And last but not least, the bit of luck or misfortune plays an important role.





Marketplace

Apple-1 computers and accessories occasionally change hands at auctions, in private deals or by donation. In the early years of Apple, some Apple-1 are given as a gift by Steve Jobs to some employees.


Apple-1 prices

Prices for vintage computer will rise, no doubt. For the same reason like art: It is of historical / collectors value, the number is limited and declining.

Many times, after auction with lower than expected results too hastily conclusions are seen everywhere.
Like “it was a bad Apple-1”. But no bad Apple-1 exist, those are all unique and valuable. Like “the Steve Jobs hype is over”. Steve Jobs death had an influence, but it was more a wake-up call to see the high value of rare and unique vintage computer.
Often other factors play a role. Sometimes the real reasons are known to the curator of the Apple-1 Registry. It has nothing to do with the Apple-1 itself. Not everyone is looking for an Apple-1, that was cleaned and modified to make it look better.


How to buy an Apple-1?

Watch out for auctions. Sometimes auctions are not easy to find. You may create an account at auction houses listed here on this page and try to get informed if any Apple-1 shows up.
You may use automatic notification from google by using 'Google Alerts'.
For private deals, you could ask us.


How to sell an Apple-1?

You can ask any auction house or sell it in a private deal. Both have pro and cons.
Selling at an auction is highly unpredictable but maybe you are lucky and two bidders fight over your Apple-1. But maybe there,s only one bidder or none at all. You could use a reserve. A reserve is the minimum price at an auction. If nobody bids higher than the reserve, it will not be sold. The buyer has to pay a premium, which is some kind of commission. It is usually around 25-27% of the hammer price. Maybe the auction house will ask for the seller for a commission. You have to negotiate. Some auction house might ask for a written report about your Apple-1. Some experts will write a report. Prices may vary greatly. it could be a small amount, or up to several ten thousand US$, or some percentage of the auction result.
A private deal means, you get / pay a fixed price. Buyer and seller pay no premium/commission. A written report is optional and part of the negotiation. But maybe at an auction you would have seen a better price? It's very unpredictable.
Next question is the condition of your Apple-1. Many Apple-1 were used by first owner by adding components to the breadboard etc. For some people, those additional components belonging to the history of this computer. Other prefer a 'clean' looking Apple-1 and sometimes more modifications are done just to make it look more 'original'.
Make sure, the description for your Apple-1 is correct. All information potential buyers looking for must be added. Ask knowledge experts to crosscheck the text.
You can always contact the Apple-1 Registry.


Advice for everyone interested in buying an Apple-1 at auction

Obviously the provenance of an Apple-1 is important. Ask for a written report. Try to get information, if recently parts were replaced with date correct parts or maybe “near correct” parts were added to make it look better. Sometimes the first owner modified an Apple-1. Most Apple-1 were modified just because to make it usable as a computer for computer enthusiasts. If those modifications are replaced by other modifications just for auction to make it look better or more “original”, then it is up to the buyers preference.
Auctions are business and everyone is looking for the best result. Make sure you try to get all available information beforehand. If available, compare old pictures and pictures from previous auctions to see differences. Look at the Apple-1 Registry to see the history of an Apple-1.


Auction houses

Here is a list of some auction houses known to have sold Apple-1 in alphabetical order:
Auction Team Breker (Germany)
Bonhams (UK, USA, HKG)
CharityBuzz (UK, USA etc.)
Christie’s (USA)
eBay (global)
O'Gallerie (USA)
RR Auction (USA)
Sotheby’s (UK, USA etc.)

For private deals you may contact the Apple-1 Registry.


Private deal. Unofficial and confidential sale / purchase

An absolutely confidential list will be hold at the Apple-1 Registry. Sellers and buyers can contact the Apple-1 Registry. Sellers can describe everything and send it by e-mail to the Apple-1 Registry. As soon as a prospective buyer contacts the Apple-1 Registry, the seller gets the contact information. Everything else is up to the seller. The buyer will never get any information about the seller from the Apple-1 Registry.

Official and public offer
After sending information to the Apple-1 Registry by e-mail we can publish your offer on this website. You can still be anonymous. Any e-mail of potential buyer will be forwarded.
Only original Apple-1 and original accessories, manuals, advertisements and related items may be offered.


Before you contact the Apple-1 Registry

Information needed from seller
E-Mail address (confidential), what you have on offer and include some pictures. You can also add an asking price.

Information needed from buyer
Price range, contact details including full name, e-mail address, phone number and a proof that this is a serious request.

If you need an NDA click here.

Any e-mail that seems to be fake will be ignored.


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