Tekserve's demise means you could get your hands on a collection of classic Macs

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The most coveted vintage items? They’re not shoes, bags, or any other article of clothing. Rather, for the time being at least, they’re old-school Mac computers, and you can get your hands on some of the most classic models thanks to the unfortunate closing of Tekserve, otherwise known as the “original Apple store.” The New York City institution, which had been in business for nearly three decades, was unfortunately forced to shutter this week, and in classic “everything must go” style, put up its very impressive collection of old Macs for auction.

Featuring no fewer than 35 pieces, this is one collection that you won’t see walking any runways, but will still fetch a pretty penny. To be fair, the group of computers includes more than just Macs — there’s a NeXTcube in the mix as well, which was developed by Steve Jobs when he was initially fired from Apple. And then there’s also the Macintosh 128K that bears Steve Wozniak’s signature. So, yeah — if you’re a technophile, this is certainly a collection you’d be interested in.

As per liveauctioneer.com’s post about the impressive computer set, the 35 computers all come with “accompanying text, describing the revolution Apple brought about from 1984-2004 … Together they tell a story, and what a story the history of the Mac and Apple is, from boom to bust to behemoth.”

Also included in what is officially Lot 0400 are the Apple IIc, Apple IIe, Apple Lisa, Apple III, Macintosh 128k, Macintosh SE, Macintosh Classic, Macintosh Portable, Macintosh LC II, Macintosh PowerBook 100, Macintosh PowerBook Duo 230, Macintosh Quadra 700, and Macintosh Color Classic, to name just a few.

The auctioning site notes that the condition of the items “varies” and that they have not all been tested. That said, the overall condition is said to be “good.” The starting bid currently stands at $8,000, so if you’re interested, you better start gathering funds, as bids are already pushing $30,000.

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