A working Apple I computer – one of the first 50 ever made – went up on the auction block over the weekend. This is where we usually marvel at the amazingly high bid that won the auction, but this time the real story is on the lack of bids for the historic device. There were no bids made for this piece of computing history. Not a single one.
The opening bid was only set at €180,000 (about US$243,000), which was relatively reasonable considering a previous Apple 1 sold at auction for $671,000. This working Apple 1 was expected to fetch between €250,000 – €400,000 ($338,000 – $540,000). It wasn’t all bad for Apple products at the auction however, as an original Twiggy Mac sold for €25,000 (about $34,000), though a Lisa 1 also failed to attract any bids.
While previous auctions for working Apple I computers resulted in sales of $640K, and $387K, this one failed to receive a single bid. Perhaps everyone was too busy bidding for a scarce PlayStation 4 video game console on eBay? The world may never know…