Wallets at the ready: Working Apple 1 to be auctioned at Sotheby’s next month

Apple 1 Sothebys AuctionIf you fancy some rare Apple memorabilia, and have a healthy bank balance, then you need to head to Sotheby’s New York on June 15, as not only will a working Apple 1 computer go under the hammer (not literally, we hope), but a series of documents written and signed by Steve Jobs too.

Sotheby’s notes that the Apple 1 motherboard is one of 50 known to still exist, only six of which are believed to be in working order, making this a particularly unusual opportunity. The price guide indicates the Apple 1 will fetch between $120,000 and $180,000, which is a considerable markup over its original cost of $666.66.

This could be on the conservative side too, as in 2010, another Apple 1 was auctioned at Christie’s in London, where an Italian collector paid £130,000 ($210,000 at the time) for his non-functional model, and this was before Steve Jobs’ death.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was present at Christie’s on the day of the sale, and provided an autographed letter to accompany the computer.

Apple Atari Sothebys AuctionThe second Apple-related lot is a printed report and a hand-written page signed by Steve Jobs, all from his days working at Atari. The printed pages are instructions for simplifying Atari’s World Cup coin-op machine, with new paddle designs and player alignment when defending a goal.

These aren’t expected to reach the same heights as the Apple 1, but prospective buyers will still need $10,000 to $15,000 in their pocket to be in with a chance of adding them to their collection.

Sotheby’s also auctioned off Apple’s founding contract recently, which had an expected sale price of around $150,000, but eventually sold for $1.6 million.

If all these prices are a little out of your reach, more reasonably priced Apple treasures can sometimes be found on eBay. In March a complete original Macintosh computer, in its box, was available with a Buy It Now price of $3,500.