On the block: A vintage Mac, owned by Gene Roddenberry
So count us a little incredulous, but when the creator of "Star Trek" – a legend nonpareil in the sci-fi community – leaves behind a vintage 1MB Mac Plus, we'd expect the thing to go for more than a grand. Two grand. Three grand. Maybe more. After all, before he died, Michael Jackson was set to auction off a coin-operated horse ride for $1,500. A coin-operated horse!
But there it is, in bright red (digital) ink: Bidding for this Mac Plus, which was presented to Gene Roddenberry as a gift by Apple, will start at $800. As auctioneer Profiles in History points out, the computer is a "incredible artifact with a wonderful association between the visionary computer designer/manufacturer and legendary Star Trek creator."