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Rare Macintosh 128K prototype for sale on eBay

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April 17, 2012

The Macintosh 128K prototype that is up for sale on eBay

The Macintosh 128K prototype that is up for sale on eBay

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If you're an avid Apple fan with a bankroll akin to that of the late Steve Jobs, we've found an item on eBay that you might want to add to your watch list. A merchant in British Columbia is selling what they claim to be a rare prototype of the original Macintosh 128K computer based around a proprietary floppy disk drive Apple developed but later scrapped. The opening bid on the system, which comes with the original keyboard, mouse and cords but doesn't boot, is US$99,995.00.

The prototype includes the so-called "Twiggy" floppy disk drive that Apple developed, but it turned out to be too buggy and the company ended up shelving it in favor of a Sony-made disk drive instead.

The listing includes two dozen photos of the system inside and out, and a whole lot more background information on the prototype. There's no real information on the seller though, except for a note that his username "Wozniac" is simply an homage to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, not an indication that he's the real Woz.

That, and the lack of documentation, make it tough to tell whether or not this is real or a fake, especially with $100,000 at stake. It's also impossible to tell if the lone bid on the item - for the minimum amount - is legit or a shill.

Mashable reports that they were able to get a hold of the seller, who gave his name as Adam but wouldn't reveal his last name. He claims to have acquired it from someone on the site AppleFritter.com and is hoping that a museum or collector with big bucks might be interested.

The same seller is also offering an awful lot of old Apple "Lisa" items, including a completely restored and functioning Lisa 1 system - that one will set you back $24,995.00.

The Lisa was another early and arguably more powerful workstation from Apple, but did not meet with nearly as much commercial success as the Macintosh eventually would.

Source: eBay via Mashable

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3 Comments

Sounds to me that this person is trying to artificially drive an extreme collectors market where none exists.

Pretty much like diamonds. They are pretty much intrinsically worthless rocks that have been turned into a multi-billion dollar enterprise through the use of clever use of marketing.

Rt1583
17th April, 2012 @ 08:32 pm PDT

Rt1583- My thoughts exactly.

Denis Klanac
18th April, 2012 @ 02:10 am PDT

Just looked and the auction has been closed. The bid was cancelled "Bidder claims his son placed a bid on this item and requested I cancel his bid" and its now on a BIN at $99,995.00. And with a delivery charge of $1500 I hope he will be delivering it by hand.

ihateorange
18th April, 2012 @ 04:30 am PDT
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