AN eBay seller is flogging a treasure trove of Apple prototype products, including an Apple monitor that previously belonged to the company’s co-founder Steve Wozniak.
The 22-inch Apple Cinema display, which carries a shipping label with Wozniak’s name and address, can be yours for $400 (£288).
Other collectables on the list include prototypes of the first battery-powered Mac, the Mac Portable; Apple’s original laptop, the 170; Apple’s first Powerbook; a Lisa 2 personal computer; and an iBook G3, among others.
Prices range from as little as $19.95 (£15) for a Mac Portable data modem to a jaw-dropping $99,999 (£71, 983) for a pre-production Lisa 1 computer, which was upgraded to a Lisa 2.
The valuable loot belongs to Apple collector Hap Plain, who funds his hobby through his day job working at a Lexus dealership in Monterey, California.
But unlike other Apple hobbyists – who seek out a most-wanted list of the company’s products sold to the public – Plain is more interested in digging up rare prototypes.
He was turned on to the hardware after discovering a clear Macintosh SE computer on Craigslist, while still fresh out of college.
Plain snapped up the machine for cash and spare PC parts, later realising that he had something valuable on his hands.
It also led him to do more research, which included reaching out to Apple engineers living in San Francisco’s Bay Area.
Some had left the company, but would point him in the direction of their buddies who still worked there.
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Slowly, Plain began building a collection of products, which has now grown to more than 48 devices.
And, any doubles he has he sells on eBay, which is where you can find that Apple Cinema monitor that may have been owned by Wozniak.
“I bought a first-generation iPod classic before they even had software for PCs and that’s what got me hooked,” writes Plain on his website.
“I’ve been using a Mac since 2002 and won’t go back.”