20 August 2017
The computer known as the Schoolsky Apple I was built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976. The fully operational Apple I computer is going up for auction. The Apple I was Apple's first product. To finance its creation, Steve Jobs sold his only motorized means of transportation, a VW Microbus.
The auction will be done through online auction house Charitybuzz next month on Sep 12th tentatively. All proceeds will be earmarked for a charity known as the Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service, Ltd. (FAIRS), a Virginia non-profit that provides emergency radio equipment, education, and other services to individuals, communities and governments in developing nations. The listing has yet to be made public on the Charitybuzz website.
Adam Schoolsky had received the hardware from Steve Wozniak, whom he was friends with alongside late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Virginia Tech professor David Larson, who bought the computer from Adam Schoolsky in 1994 for $3500, is the one putting it up on sale through Charitybuzz.
Along with the Apple I, the lot includes an Apple I cassette interface card and multiple documents such as the original letter Larson received from Schoolsky in 1994. Also included will be 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, a flyer from the Zaltair Hoax. The flyer dates back to the 1977 West Coast Computer Faire, where Wozniak, who loved pranks, and Schoolsky printed up a couple thousand brochures advertising a non-existent "Zaltair" computer that was supposed to be cheaper and better than any other on the market.