An Original Apple Macintosh Prototype Valued At $180K Is Headed To Auction

Dec 3, 2019

Category: Tech

Over the last four-and-a-half-decades, Apple has evolved from a small tech startup operating out of a Los Altos, California garage into a leading global computer and technology product powerhouse. And while the company’s innovative offerings have made some game-changing strides over the years, the majority of its wares can be traced back to its early personal computers. Now, for the first time, the original prototype of the illustrious Macintosh Personal Computer is slated to go under the hammer at Bonhams upcoming History of Science and Technology sale.

Valued at between $120-180K, this exact computer was displayed at the 30th Mac Anniversary Celebration in 2014 and was reportedly issued to Encore Systems which utilized it to develop the MacWrite program. The 1983 prototype features Apple’s original proprietary 5-1/4” “Twiggy” disc drive, making it just one of two known surviving examples in existence (before the switch to 3-1/2” drives). Despite its age, the computer — which is “Model Number: M0001” — is said to be in fully-functional condition and, aside from some UV-yellowing on the body, is in remarkable shape.

Learn More: Here

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Tech

lululemon's 5 Year Basic Henley Comes With Lycra Fabric For Superior Comfort

Giving the iconic 3-button design a 21st-century refresh with modern materials.

Posted By Gray Van Dyke

Partner
Featured Image

This Silicone Case Turns Your Apple TV Into A Retro Nintendo Gaming Console

A Super NES-inspired facade for the Cupertino company's streaming device.

Posted By

Jan 22, 2021

Featured Image

Explore The Majesty Of The Cosmos With This Cutting-Edge Smart Telescope

Connects directly to your smartphone for astronomy-made-easy.

Posted By

Jan 19, 2021

Featured Image

VOX Built Hi-Fi Headphones That Are Actually Guitar Amps In Disguise

Inspired by the brand's legendary AC30 amplifier.

Posted By

Jan 18, 2021

Featured Image

The 10 Best Drones For Every Budget

A flurry of fliers good for budgets of all shapes and sizes.

Posted By

Jan 18, 2021

Featured Image

Samsung’s Premium Galaxy S21 Ultra Has 5G Connectivity & 512GB Of Storage

Alongside a quad-camera array with a massive 108MP sensor.

Posted By

Jan 18, 2021