Geek explosion! Profiles in History is set to auction off an Apple Macintosh Plus, model
serial number M0001 (upgraded from a Mac 128), which was given to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry by Apple. Man, tell people that George Lucas wrote the first Star Wars draft on this thing and you've got the trifecta.
It'll be auctioned off on October 8 and 9, and it's got a surprisingly low estimated sale price between $800 and $1,200. That low? Do you guys know that this is a combo of Apple nerdery and Star Trek nerdery? You might want to add a zero to the end of that estimate.
CLARIFICATION: A few readers have inquired whether the machine shown is a Mac Plus or a Mac 128. We passed those inquiries on to the public-relations company handling the auction. We received this response:
We've gotten several inquires about this by the fantastically loyal and knowledgeable Mac community. After further investigating the item, here's the information: Firstly, this Macintosh was, indeed, presented to Gene Roddenberry by Apple. There is no doubt about this. The conflict between the photo and the serial number is as follows. This computer, given by Apple to Mr. Roddenberry, is an early production Macintosh 128 (#776), which was then upgraded by Apple for Gene to a Macintosh Plus — thus the model number / serial number / panel that "belongs to" a Macintosh Plus. The 0001 led us to mistakenly believe that it was the first one off the line. Again, the provenance of the item is perfect and it did belong to Mr. Roddenberry.