Ultra Rare Apple ‘Lisa 1’ Computer, Apparently Still Working, Is Selling Online

By Yoon Sann Wong, 08 Jan 2018

If you’re a hardcore Apple fan with about US$55,000 to spare, perhaps Apple’s ‘Lisa 1’, which is currently being auctioned off on eBay, will interest you.

Introduced to the market in 1983, Apple’s ‘Lisa 1’—named after Steve Job’s daughter—was the brand’s very first commercial computer that included a graphical user interface.

Despite being a game-changer in design, with concepts that still live on today—overlapping windows, pull-down menus, drag and drop, the recycle bin—the machine was extremely expensive and became a commercial flop.

‘Lisa 1’ cost US$150 million to develop, sold only 10,000 units at US$10,000 each, and was pulled from market after three years.

Jobs was removed from the project to focus on a fresh endeavor: the ‘Macintosh’.



Auction Team Breker explains that a complete ‘Lisa 1’ is so rare because Apple had offered owners a free upgrade to ‘Lisa 2’ by replacing the front panels and ‘Twiggy’ drives. It is estimated that only 30 to 100 ‘Lisa 1’ machines exist today.

The current bid for the auction, which closes on 14 January 2018, stands at US$55,100.

“This Lisa 1 is optically and technically in excellent condition,” writes the seller inside the post. “Both twiggy drives are working and spinning perfectly. As seen in the video I tested the drives with a Lisa Test disc and everything seems to work just fine.”

You can watch the clip below.

[via Fortune, video via Zoppler, image via Angelo D'Amico /]
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