Apple products aren't cheap. Take for instance the iPhone X (up to $1,149) or the iMac Pro which can fetch over $13,000! That's a lot of money, but I'm sure you can imagine that vintage Apple products can be even more expensive. Do you know which Apple Computer sold for almost $1,000,000? Use the right arrow to browse this list of crazy expensive Apple collectibles to find out.
11 Apple Lisa
In 1983, Apple released Lisa. The Apple Lisa is regarded as the personal computer to first feature a graphical user interface (GUI). To interact with the GUI, Apple introduced its own mouse based on Xerox PARC's mouse for the Alto. Last January, a rare Apple Lisa fetched $56,100 on eBay!
10 Apple II
Unlike the early Apple I, the Apple II was a fully-assembled, personal computer. It was released in 1977 with a 1.023 MHz microprocessor, a whopping 4 KB of RAM (configurable up to 48 KB), and a casing designed by Hewlett Packard's Jerry Manock. Programs and data storage were handled by audio cassette tapes.
Originally the computer also included two game paddles that violated FCC regulations. As a result Apple later excluded the paddles. Later the company added support for the Disk II disk drive, which allowed it to read and write to 5 ¼ inch floppy disks. In 2011, a working Apple II sold for $6,100 on eBay.
9 Woz’s Toolbox
Alexander Historical Auctions called it The Toolbox that Built Apple Computer. They estimated it would sell for $3,000 - $5,000 – well it sold for $7,000! Apart from a yellow adhesive label bearing Steve Wozniak's name the toolbox was completely empty.
Steve Wozniak – aka "Woz" — was a cofounder of Apple and is sometimes referred to as "the other Steve" of Apple. He resigned from his position at Hewlett Packard to become the vice president of research and development at Apple in the late 1970s.
8 Andy Warhol Apple Logo
This month, a rare piece of Apple History sold for $30,000! The Andy Warhol painting is thought to be a color study for an advertising commission. But that's nothing compared to the completed Andy Warhol Macintosh ad that sold on eBay for an insane $750,000 in 2015.
7 Apple Employee Merchandise
According to Heritage Auctions, these early 90s kicks were just for employees and manufactured by Adidas. They went up for sale on eBay last year with a starting bid of $1,500. But here's the real kicker: they didn't sell. Despite having an estimated valuation of $30,000, zero bids were placed on these retro soles.
Although the shoes didn't sell, this hoodie and hat set did. Allegedly the pair of items was given to Apple employees as a holiday gift set and one worker sold theirs on eBay for $2,025!
6 iPhone Bluetooth Headset
The iPhone Bluetooth Headset was ahead of its time in 2008. It was incredibly small, had up to 5.5 hours of talk time (up to 72 hours of standby time), and cost $99. But, like many Bluetooth headsets, it didn't always work very well. Despite some issues with call quality issues and some problems with it not fitting some ears well, the iPhone Bluetooth Headset helped pave the way for today's AirPods.
While not as valuable as some of the other items on this list, it is rare to find one in mint condition. Factory sealed units can be found on eBay ranging from $300-$500!
5 20th Anniversary Macintosh
Next on the list is this Twentieth Anniversary Mac ("TAM"). These Macs often go for about $1,000 in good condition, but the rare unopened computer sold for nearly $2,000. While that price might not be too bad for any old computer, it's actually not that great for this particular one. The Twentieth Anniversary Mac retailed for $7,499 in 1996. And to top things off it was delivered by limousine!
4 Apple iPhone (First Generation)
The original iPhone is only ten years old, but it's already fetching a premium on eBay. One seller has a factory sealed iPhone listed for $6,650. The same seller sold another iPhone for $5,820 in 2016. The original iPhone — sometimes called the iPhone 2G — is hard to find in mint condition. As the iPhone played such an important role in the smartphone revolution, it's very possible that $6,000 is a bargain.
3 Solid Gold EarPods
Hold on to your hats, things are about to get a lot more expensive on this list, starting with these EarPods. Designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson for the 2013 (RED) Auction, these EarPods are the same as what's included with many iPhones, except for one glaring difference: they're plated in 18-karat rose gold. There's only one pair in existence and they sold for an astonishing $461,000!
2 Apple I
But why spend a half a million dollars on earphones when you could own a true piece of computing history? The Apple I isn't just any Apple computer. It's the one that started it all. Designed in Steve Wozniak's bedroom as a motherboard, the Apple I was originally priced at $666.66. Apple I's have sold for hundreds of thousands before, but in 2014 this one sold for $905,000!
1 Product (RED) Mac Pro
Those gold EarPods weren't the only thing Jony and Marc worked on for the 2013 (RED) Auction. They also introduced a stunning, red Mac Pro. Unlike the AirPods this computer isn't plated in gold. Unlike the Apple I and the Apple II, this computer isn't a part of early Apple History. It wasn't handprinted by Andy Warhol or labeled by Steve Wozniak. It wasn't revolutionary. And it wasn't named after Steve Jobs's daughter.
Yes it was designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson. And sure, it's for a good cause. But really it's just a Mac Pro that's been anodized in red. In fact, Sotheby's estimated it would sell for $40,000-$60,000. Boy were they wrong. This mean, lean, red-machine sold for a mind-boggling $977,000! How's that for brand value?