There’s an Apple-1 up for auction

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Yeah, you could pick up TekServe’s 35-piece Mac museum (now $29,000), but can you really call yourself an Apple fan if you don’t own an Apple-1? That earliest of Apple paraphernalia is about as rare as they come, but if you act fast (and drop a boatload of money), you can snap one up now.

Fundraising site Charitybuzz has one of the super, special, extra-limited edition early computers up on its site for auction, currently going for $270,000. That’s a steal compared to the decidedly nutty estimated value of $1 million listed on the site, but the auction’s still got under a week left, and past models have actually gotten pretty close to the 1 million mark.

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Corey Cohen, who runs the site MyAppleComputer.net has a lot to say about the machine, explaining that the so-called “Celebration” version is likely among a small number of prototypes that were never sold to the public.

Says the site, “At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting out as a blank original-run board and not part of the two known production runs, so this board appears to be unique from all other known Apple-1 boards.”

And hey, for good measure, your hard-earned Apple bucks will also get you the ’76 Apple-1 instruction manual and a slew of cassettes, including Star Trek and Blackjack, for some truly old-school computer gaming action.

via Recode