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 till March 2019 by auction house (alphabetic order, total 30):
5x Bonhams NYC
5x Breker Germany
3x CharityBuzz NYC
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 14,000 US$  
Sept. 2009 eBay buy it now #59 in the Registry - Postman 17,480 US$  
Nov. 2009 eBay #41 in the Registry - Frank Anderson 50,000 US$ Link
Jan. 2010 eBay #21 in the Registry - Huston #1 42,766 US$ Link
Aug. 2010 O’Gallerie Portland,
#08 in the Registry - Framed #1 of 4 ? Link
Sept. 2010 eBay #37 in the Registry - Nexon 22,766 US$  
Nov. 2010 Christie’s London #41 in the Registry - Frank Anderson
(142,819.85 Pound)
228,393 US$ Link
June 2012 eBay Huston Brothers Apple-1 # unknown 75,600 US$  
June 2012 Sotheby’s NYC #37 in the Registry - Nexon 374,500 US$ Link
Nov. 2012 Breker Germany #40 in the Registry - Framed #2 of 4 627,000 US$ Link
May 2013 Breker Germany #37 in the Registry - Nexon 671,400 US$ Link
July 2013 Christie’s Online #18 in the Registry - Byte Shop 1-25 387,750 US$ Link
Nov. 2013 Breker Germany #17 in the Registry - Framed #4 of 4 340,000 US$ Link
Oct. 2014 Bonhams NYC #19 in the Registry - John Anderson
(buyer was the Henry Ford museum)
905,000 US$ Link
Dec. 2014 Christie’s NYC #30 in the Registry - Ricketts 365,000 US$ Link
Apr. 2015 eBay #31 in the Registry - Copson 236,100 US$ Link
Sept. 2015 Bonhams NYC #72 in the Registry - Romkey 365,000 US$ Link
Oct. 2015 Christie's London #34 in the Registry - Torzewski   Link
Nov. 2015 Breker Germany #46 in the Registry - CHM #2 ?  
May 2016 Breker Germany #14 in the Registry - Dryden
(After auction 350,000 US$ were offered)
130,000 US$ Link
June 2016 eBay #76 in the Registry - eBay 2016
(low price due to condition of the auction)
60,300 US$ Link
Aug. 2016 Charitybuzz NYC #75 in the Registry - Celebration
(new owner would have bidden well over 1 Million US$)
815,000 US$ Link
June 2017 Christie’s NYC #73 in the Registry - VanGilluwe 355,500 US$ Link
Sept. 2017 Charitybuzz NYC #58 in the Registry - Schoolsky 401,000 US$ Link
Dec. 2017 Bonhams NYC #74 in the Registry - Steve Fish 372,000 US$ 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 375,000 US$  
Dec. 2018 Bonhams NYC #80 in the Registry - Byte Shop 44 237,500 US$ Link
Mar. 2019 Bonhams NYC #83 in the Registry - Flatiron 122,566 US$ Link
May 2019 Christie's Online #10 in the Registry - Rick Conte active Link
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*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 in May 2019

Wonderful Apple-1 is up for auction online at Christie’s London. A very detailed report written by John Woodall is available from the auction house. Curator of the Apple-1 Registry knows this Apple-1 and the owner. Auction already started and on the first day the first bid was over US$ 475,000 (including premium). Christie's


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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