From the article on the beeb:
"...the Apple I - also known as the Apple 1..."
Am I missing something here? Or is that just dumb?
An Apple I sold yesterday for £133,250 while a three-rotor Enigma box went for £67,250. steve wozniak Woz: "Apple I was an important step but I didn't realise it at the time." The Apple I, number 82, came in its original box and was "in remarkably fresh condition". It was bought by an Italian fanboi to add to his …
Alternatively, you could increase the value of the items by getting Hollywood to make a film about how all these items were made in America, then stolen by the British, before heroically being 'saved' by the brave boys in the US Military (or just one if Bruce Willis is available).
Oh... hang on..
Although I am an enthusiastic Iphone/Ipad/Mac etc user, I am sadly not surprised that the vapid Apple 1 went for more than the Enigma or the Turing papers, it's kinda the sign of the times and our culture's current love of style vs substance...
*sarcasm on* Who cares if Alan Turing and his fellow Brits helped reduce the length of WW2 due to their excellent work on breaking the Enigma code? It's SO much more important to buy an outdated computer created by a corporation that is currently being helmed by a charismatic narcissistic megalomaniac!
(Paris Hilton because she IS the queen of vapid...)
Highest bid on the Turing papers: £240,000
Highest bid on the Apple 1: £133,250
The Turing papers had a higher than £240,000 reserve, so weren't sold. The Apple did sell.
I can't comment on scarcity, but I'd also imagine that an Engima machine that's "has had some restoration" is worth less than one that was still all original. Especially as there seem to be surprisingly many of the things about — at least in comparison to Apple 1s.
Personally, I'd still pay more for the Enigma.
While it would be nice to think that the Enigma should fetch more than the Apple 1 this doesn't reflect either the significance or scarcity of the items.
There were only 200 Apple 1 machines made and I doubt if there are more than a handful still in existence. Thousands of Enigma machines were made and I expect more have survived than the Apple 1.
Both machines had a significant impact on the 20th century. The widespread use of Enigma and its flaws may have changed the outcome of WW2. While the Apple 1 may have triggered the personal computer revolution. Both items have had a profound impact and lead to the world we see today.
The Apple I founded a hugely successful company and was made in very limited numbers. There's a huge demand for this sort of item which can be directly linked to two named people.
Tens of thousands of Enigmas were made for commercial, government and military use on a factory production line. There are no names associated with the mass manufactured machines and unless it came from a particular individual or location it, in itself isn't very significant. The market isn't short of Enigmas - lots survived.
The Enigma itself is only part of the story - after all Turing's breakthroughs were all made without actually having the machine in question. Had a Bombe survived and come up for auction then it would justify a fantastic valuation as would one of the rare as hens' teeth four-rotor Naval Enigmas.
But if anyone wants to give me an Enigma for Christmas, yeah I won't be disappointed.
The intimate notes of one of the heroes that kept the UK free from jack-booted oppression is not worth a carrot compared with the electronic tinkering of some college drop-outs, who happen to have made a little money and a reasonable business from their toys!
How soon we forget, Turing deserves better than this.
Old tech is fascinating, but i cant think of a witty retort to the story, so ill just stick an apple logo on and some readers will think its an amazing post :) hehehe
I hope it was bletchley or somewhere that did buy it, kinda gives mankind a bad reputation if some sad git bought it privately.
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