Original Mac Apple now for auction on eBay. Price? $99,995.

And the bids could take it even higher than that:

Among personal-computer enthusiasts, there are many rare and desirable models from years’ past. The Apple Lisa. Steve Jobs’s NeXT computer. The Canon Cat. But there’s a machine selling on eBay right now that’s arguably the rarest of them all: a prototype of the original Apple Macintosh computer.

As you might imagine for such a once-in-a-lifetime find, the prototype Mac 128k is commanding a hefty sum: The starting bid is $99,995. The auction only has hours left, but at least one person has made a bid for the super-rare machine.

The seller, a longtime Mac enthusiast, told Mashable he found the machine in January via AppleFritter, a site dedicated to vintage Apple products. He bought the Mac from a person near Boston and says he paid a “significant amount of money” for it.

“He was not advertising it for sale,” says Adam, who did not want to reveal his last name. “I threw him a message asking if he was interested in selling it. He had originally bought it for $500.”

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Comments

  1. Deacon Norb says:

    Never had an old Mac 128 or 512. Did have one of the very first MacPlus in our area (1986 I think), and have been with them ever since. During the 1980′s, when I was on the faculty of our Diocesan Lay Ministry/Diaconate formation program, all of my supporting visual aids were created on a MAC (in a very early PowerPoint format using 3M acetates and a color jet-ink printer — LCD printers had not yet been invented). I wrote my doctoral dissertation (1996-97) on an obsolete Mac Portable that had been discarded by a local college. Writing this out on a four year old MacBookPro.

    Actually, the other Mac-Geeks in my area agree with me, this special one belongs in a museum somewhere.

  2. pagansister says:

    Little out of my budget! :o)

  3. Mark Greta says:

    I think I have a couple of these in the basement somewhere. We have quite a collection of stuff down there as technology has changed over the years, I have been intrigued to keep some of the old stuff like 20 pound 12 inches long “mobile phones”. It was kind of a hobby of mine. Never dreamed they had any value. I loved Apple from the first time I saw it. My son also is an avid collector and has more than me. We just did a show and tell for our grandchild where we took in some of the stuff and the kids were blown away. Now because of this story, guess I need to get my insurance guy out and get it covered.

    I also have some old hospital stuff that I have been told is priceless. One is one of the old Keleket non shockproof xray machines from 1931 that actually works. Many have never seen a system where the patient lays on the table and underneath them the xray tube lights up with sparks flying just like you see on frankenstien movies. It cost $850 in 1931 and I got it for $500 in 1971 and fixed it up and made it actualy work. A few years back, we donated an ultrasound machine to a pregnancy center and it cost $281,000.

    Also have some of the first versions of Denton Arthur Cooley’s artificial hearts to be used as replacements for the real thing. Someone told me these two items could go for half a million and I had them moved to a storage facility that has protected guards. Funny how things you buy for $500 bucks can be worth so much in a few decades.

    Now this mac stuff comes up. I would never want to sell the stuff as it will go to my son collector. We never buy anything at these prices, but try to find old stuff of interest cheap when it is going out the door and to keep stuff that is being made obsolete. Now if we can just find some value in old people. Wonder what a 78 year old guy would go for on ebay.

  4. i have a mac os8 brand new without the screen with all the original att what is it posibly worth to day?

  5. Richard Johnson says:

    Back in 1983 I went to Carrollton, TX for Apple Lisa service training. As we walked into the classroom one of these Macs was sitting out on a table. The Apple instructor immediately closed the door, picked up the phone and asked for a manager to come in. We had to sign non-disclosure agreements before we could continue with our training. We were not told what the new unit was, only that we could not say anything about it to anyone before February 1, 2004. We were all guessing it was a new Lisa model.

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