Just before heading to bed last night, I checked my Twitter feed when I see a Call A.P.P.L.E tweet mentioning that Steve Wozniak’s hand-drawn and handwritten schematics and programming instructions for a prototype of the Apple II home computer was sold for $500,000.
Following the link I see that the last bid was indeed $504,218. However, the auction information stated that the value was estimated between 3,000-5,000!
The handwritten treasure consists of 23 pages of notes, diagrams, etc, of what would become to be the Apple II. It also is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Wozniak: “These documents, circa 1975, are my original Apple II prototype schematics and programming instructions. They are precious. On these work-in-progress diagrams, you can even see my breadboarding technique, where I’d go over drawn connections in red as I soldered the wires in. At the time, I favored using a purple felt tip pen for writing, so it’s interesting to see these notes decades on. The prototype was hand-wired while I was still an engineer at Hewlett-Packard’s Advanced Product Division, where I was involved in the design of hand-held calculators.”
In a follow up tweet, Call A.P.P.L.E told me that they believe the documents seems to have come from Del Yocam or is part of the collection that was auctioned off with it including an Apple-1 for $589K USD.
The auction was done by the reputable RR Auction House. In my opinion, as valuable as that can be, 500,000 dollars is way too much but what do I know, right!? What do you think?
Thanks CALL A.P.P.L.E for the heads up!