If you have $30,000 and a passion for tech history, you too can bid on a rare collection of 35 Apple computers. There’s an original Apple Lisa, a NeXTcube, and a 1984 Macintosh signed by Apple co-founder and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Steve Wozniak.
The computers made up the Mac Museum, which was proudly displayed for years at Manhattan’s recently shuttered Apple center Tekserve. Now that collection, and a number of other historical tech products, are being auctioned off online.
In June, Tekserve announced it was closing up shop. The Chelsea fixture’s long-time customers had a home to go to: any of the seven Apple Stores in the city. But its wide-ranging collection of old computers, vintage machines, pop culture ephemera, and classic Apple posters did not.
Founders Dick Demenus and David Lerner decided to offer them to true fans. “I’d like to see it go to people who appreciate it. The best way I could see to do that would be to have an auction,” said Demenus.
The auction will start Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. ET at liveauctioneers.com. The Mac Museum is the auction’s crown jewel, but there are plenty of other Apple-related goodies. An original Mac with its carrying case, melted Mac as well as Think Different posters with Jim Henson or Miles Davis are also available.
Old radios, cameras and microphones are also included in the auction. Apart from this a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine or phone booth can also be bought. And there are plenty of random little items like miniature toy motorcycles and a fossilized starfish.