Attention Trekkies: Roddenberry’s Mac on auction block

September 17, 2009

Apple's Macintosh Plus

In what may just be a perfect storm of technology geek gadget lust, an auction house in Southern California is preparing to auction off the first Apple Macintosh Plus ever made–a computer that was owned by “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry. The event promises to bring together two of the most famously devoted fan bases– Apple buyers and Trekkies.

Profiles in History, an auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, will offer the aging Mac at an auction scheduled for Oct. 8-9.  (For those keeping score at home, the device bears the serial number F4200NUM0001.)

The Macintosh Plus was launched in 1986 and featured a whopping 1 megabyte of RAM (today’s comparable desktop computers come loaded with a base 1 gigabyte of RAM — a 1,000 times more). It was the third model in the Mac line and cost $2,600, according to Wikipedia.  The very first Mac Plus to roll off an Apple assembly line was presented to Roddenberry as a gift. He died in 1991.

The auction house said It has an estimated sale price of $800-$1200.

Also on the auction list is Michael Jackson’s white glove that he wore on the Victory Tour. One would expect a somewhat higher price for that cultural artifact.

(Photo source: Wikipedia)


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Posted by Economy Shock » Blog Archive » Further Proof of Free Market Success | Report as abusive

1 gigabyte of RAM is 1024 times larger than 1 megabyte of RAM, not 1000.

Posted by William Lewis | Report as abusive

Wonder what my original 128K Mac (serial number in the low 4000’s) would bring given that I am nobody famous? It was upgraded to 1M and still runs fine, ioncluding the 20M hard drive it can sit on. My Imagewriter was donated many years ago after I got my first Mac laser printer (which I also don’t have any longer).

Posted by Scott Duncan | Report as abusive

kind of wondering what my old mac may be worth – it’s only half as powerful (512K) – model # M0001W 512K, FCC ID: BCG9GRM0001.

Posted by doug vizard | Report as abusive

It would be so much more fun if the Mac brought in more money than Jackson’s glove.

Posted by Eric | Report as abusive

The picture implies the old gal still lights up. It would be cool to find an original, previously unknown script or story line on the drive.

Posted by interval | Report as abusive

1024K is 1MB of ram. 1024MB is 1GB of ram. William…the author is correct. KB, MB, and GB are usually in 1024 denominations. No one uses the incorrect statement that 1000kb is 1MB. Look it up.

Posted by pcguru | Report as abusive

Let us never forget how revolutionary those early Macs were. I distinctly remember my jaw hitting the floor upon my first glimpse of MacPaint! Well worth the 1200 bucks today.

Posted by Merrill Grinch | Report as abusive

“Computer?””Computer.””Hello Computer?””Keyboard. How quaint.”-Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Posted by camroncamera | Report as abusive

Being a Trekkie and a tech geek, this is cool. Im gonna be bidding on this for sure.

Posted by Raven | Report as abusive

william is correct. 1MB = 1024^2 bytes while 1GB = 1024^3 bytes. this means 1GB is 1024 times bigger than 1MB.

Posted by punch_drunk | Report as abusive

Be cool if Roddenberry’s Mac had a collection of authentic ‘Vargas’ drawings in digital form like appeared in old issues of ‘Playboy’.

Posted by Chester Drawers | Report as abusive

1 gigabyte = 10^9 bytes, 1 megabyte = 10^6 bytes. A gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes. The Mac came with a mebibyte of RAM. Most modern computers come with a gibibyte (+) of RAM. 2^30 is called a gibibyte and 2^20 is called a mebibyte. 1024 mebibytes = 1 gibibytesIf someone were to correct the author I would think it should be over the incorrect use of the term megabyte instead of mebibyte. But then again, nobody uses the correct term. Why people choose to incorrectly correct the author for incorrect relationships when clearly the relationships stated are technically correct (if incorrect as commonly but improperly used) but the terms are incorrect. I don’t get it?

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Only non techs will use the newly minted mebibyte.Those of us who invented the lingo will continue to use mega, giga, terra, penta, and kilo bytes.

Posted by Curtis W. Rendon | Report as abusive

Computer memory is binary.1 megabyte = 2^20 bytes = 1,048,5761 gigabyte = 2^30 bytes = 1,073,741,8241000 * 1 megabyte = 1,048,576,0001 megabyte * 1000 1 gigabyteI’ll give you one gigabyte in your dollars if you give me one gigabyte in mine.William is right. If you want people to use the correct term you need to speak up when they’re incorrect.

Posted by Warpig | Report as abusive