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Lot #7016
1978 Apple Monitor by Sanyo

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Estimate: $800+
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Sought-after vintage Sanyo VM4209 CRT video monitor manufactured in April 1978, with early Apple property stickers including an "Apple © 1978" label on the front, "Apple Computer Inc." tags on either side panel (numbered "0027" and "23537"), and "Apple Computer Inc." block-rainbow logos screened onto each side. The monitor has the manufacturer's serial number tag, "Serial No. 28401895," on the bottom, and Sanyo specifications label on the rear. It features a black carrying handle on top, and front panel with power switch and adjustments for "H-Hold," "V-Hold," "Bright," and "Contrast." In very good to fine cosmetic condition, with the "Sanyo" nameplate missing from the upper left of the front bezel, and the "V-Hold" knob missing. From the personal collection of an Apple employee, circa 1984-1994.

The Sanyo VM4209 is considered to be the most desirable monitor for use with Apple-1 and Apple II computers, and was featured in early advertisements for the Apple II. They are scarce and desirable even without a direct Apple association—this example stands out as an especially early, in-house unit. It was not until 1980 that Apple would release its first display, the Sanyo-built Apple Monitor III.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Apple and Steve Jobs
  • Dates: #615 - Ended August 19, 2021