Get out your checkbooks, Silicon Valley geeks and Apple fanfolk! You’ve got a chance to view — and even buy — a rare Apple computer, hand-soldered by legendary Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Well, maybe.

A leading expert and the auction house say the device — a broken circuit board apparently crammed in a drawer for years — is a Wozniak-built computer that Steve Jobs, Apple’s other co-founder, used to woo a pioneering retailer at a Mountain View computer shop in 1976. But others, including Wozniak, aren’t so sure.

“I can’t tell you what exact generation this board is,” the man known as “Woz” said Thursday in an email to the Bay Area News Group after being sent photos of the device.

In any case, all involved agree, it is an early version of Apple’s first retail home computer, and extremely rare and valuable.

The Apple-1 will be displayed this weekend at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Once considered “lost,” the device has a circuit board with solders indicating work by Wozniak, and represents “the holy grail of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia,” according to the auction house expecting to sell it for at least $500,000. As of Friday morning, bidding stood at $407,029, with the auction live until Aug. 18.

An extremely rare “Apple-1” computer, Apple’s first product, launched by company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. Up for auction until Aug. 18, 2022 and on display at the Computer History Museum on July 6-7, 2022, the device is said by the auction company and a vintage computer association to be a prototype hand-wired by legendary Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and used by the other co-founder Steve Jobs to woo Apple’s first retail vendor, but its role in Apple’s history is disputed. (Courtesy of RR Auction) 

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