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Lot #8067
Apple Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM) (Sealed)

Rare, sealed-in-box Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh

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Estimate: $4000+
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Rare, sealed-in-box Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh

Very rare new-in-box example of the limited edition Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh (TAM), released by Apple in 1997 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the company's founding. Aimed at the executive market, the innovative computer boasted a $7,500 price tag and feature-packed performance that exceeded most personal computers of the era. This example remains sealed in its original box, with original specification and shipping labels affixed outside. The consignor notes: "I was an Apple employee and picked this up directly from Apple in 1997 when they were selling direct to employees. This sealed TAM has been in my possession since purchasing it and has never been opened."

This Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh set includes the computer with built-in 12.1" LCD screen, Bose speakers, and vertically-mounted CD-ROM drive; keyboard with built-in trackpad; base unit power supply/subwoofer; remote control; and user's manual. In spite of its feature-rich technology, the Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh was met with slow sales-probably due to its price tag and limited means for expansion. However, its design proved influential in future product lines-until recently, modern iMacs featured vertically-oriented optical drives behind their LCD screens (similar to the floppy drive on the TAM), and the Magic Trackpad is offered as a popular peripheral (like the trackpad on the TAM keyboard).

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Steve Jobs Revolution: Engelbart, Atari, and Apple
  • Dates: #632 - Ended March 17, 2022