Estimate: $ 120,000 - 180,000
Prototype of the Macintosh Personal Computer, with 5-1/4 inch “Twiggy” disk drive, Cupertino, CA, 1983, electronic components contained in pre-production plastic molded housing, 330 x 245 x 250 mm (excluding keyboard and mouse); with various disks. Slight yellowing of plastic components, otherwise fine.
Provenance: Issued to Encore Systems and used in the early development of MacWrite. Owned by the company’s former CEO and President since the 1980s; Exhibited (and operated) at the [email protected] Anniversary Celebration held on January 25, 2014 at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA.
THE EARLIEST MACINTOSH—THE MACHINE THAT “HAS CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER” (Wozniak). Extremely rare working example of the earliest Macintosh prototype, with a functioning 5 ¼ inch Apple proprietary twiggy drive, one of only two known machines that survived after the move to the Sony 3 ½ inch drive.