Apple fanatics around the world will soon have a chance to
bid on one of the original Apple computers.
The Apple I is being put up for sale by David Larson, a former
Virginia Tech professor who bought the computer from Adam
Schoolsky in 1994 for $3500. Schoolsky was a friend of Apple
cofounders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who gave him the
computer as a gift.
The computer, built by Wozniak in 1976, will be auctioned off by
online auction house Charitybuzz starting on September 12. All
proceeds will go to FAIRS, a Virginia-based
non-profit that helps groups in developing countries put
together emergency radio systems.
The computer’s auction lot will also include the original
letter Larson received from Schoolsky in 1994; a promotional
brochure for the Apple I and Apple II computers; and the first
issue of the “Silicon Gulch Gazette,” an early PC industry
publication, that was published in 1977.
The lot also includes a drawing by Ron Wayne, Apple’s
little-known third cofounder. Wayne designed the original Apple
logo, wrote the Apple I manual, and drew the Apple I schematic
And it includes something that’s rarer than even the computer
itself, an Apple I cassette interface card. Early PC’s often
stored programs and data on cassette tapes; the card allowed
an owner to connect a cassette recorder to the Apple
I. The majority of original Apple owners never purchased the
card, and many of the remaining Apple I in existence
Last but not least, the lot comes with a copy of a flyer from
what’s known as the Zaltair hoax. The flyer dates back to
the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire,…