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$) if necessary.
|2000||VCF||#37 in the Registry - Nexon||US$ 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,
|#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
|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)
|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)
|June 2016||eBay||#76 in the Registry - eBay 2016
(low price due to condition of the auction)
|Aug. 2016||Charitybuzz NYC||#75 in the Registry - Celebration
(new owner would have bidden well over 1 Million US$)
|June 2017||Christie’s NYC||#73 in the Registry - VanGilluwe||US$ 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|
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.
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.)
RR Auction (USA)
Sotheby’s (UK, USA etc.)
For private deals you may contact the Apple-1 Registry.
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.
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.
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.
Information needed from seller
E-Mail address (confidential) and what you have to offer and some pictures. Optional: You can write about the 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.