Apple-1 market

Known auctions of Apple-1 computer

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 result is often a surprise. Even more or less equal (in terms of condition and accessories) Apple-1 sometimes achieve very different results on the same year. As it is at any auction, it is a matter of luck and the people attending it. 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 29):
5x Bonhams NYC
4x Breker Germany
3x CharityBuzz NYC
6x Christie's (2x Christie's London, 2x Christie's NYC, 2x Christie's Online)
7x eBay
1x O’Gallerie Portland, Oregon US
1x RR Auction
1x Sotheby's NYC
1x VCF (Vintage Computer Festival)

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Apple-1 auctions *1 since 2000 (only successful auctions!)
Date Auction Note Price Link
2000 VCF #37 in the Registry - Nexon US$ 14,000  
Sept. 2009 eBay buy it now #59 in the Registry - Postman US$ 17,480  
Nov. 2009 eBay #41 in the Registry - Frank Anderson US$ 50,000 Link
Jan. 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
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  
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 almost not possible 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.


Auction houses

Apple-1 are sold in private deals, by auction houses or donated.

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.


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.
Mostly other factors are the reason. Sometimes, the real reason 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 maybe cleaned and modified, to make it look better.


Marketplace

Apple-1 computers and accessories occasionally change hands at auctions. If you would like to sell your Apple-1, we can give you a list of auction houses that have already offered the computer. Only original Apple-1 and original accessories, manuals, advertisements and related items may be offered.

Unofficial and confidential
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.

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

Ask for a written report! Check, if items are replaced recently. 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 modification just for auction to make it look better or more “original”, than it is up to the buyer to decide about this fact.
Auctions are business and everyone is looking for the best result. Make sure, you try to get all available information. If available, compare old pictures and pictures from auction to see differences. The Apple-1 Registry may help to see the history of an Apple-1.

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