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Roddenberry Mac Sells For $8,260 On Auction Block

More than $5 million raised in major sci-fi auction last week

When Apple Inc. first started selling its Macintosh computer, it had an asking price of $2,495.

Today, adjusted for inflation, that would equate to about to just under $5,200. Except most Macs of that era can be found on eBay well below $500.

But there is one Mac that is still going for a pretty penny. The computer given by Apple to "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry in the early 1980s fetched $8,260 last week during the Profile In History auction in California where some $5 million was picked up over a variety of sci-fi lots.

The price, while one of the lower paydays earned during the auction, was well above the projected sales price of between $800 and $1,200. The computer came with a letter of provenance from the late Great Bird of the Galaxy's son, Eugene W. Roddenberry,

However, in the weeks leading up to the auction, the Mac was the subject of some controversy. Original auction documents said Roddenberry's Mac was the first 128 model to role of Apple's assembly line, and demonstrated that with a "0001" serial number found on the computer.

After receiving publicity, some Mac enthusiasts poked holes in that story, saying the Mac Plus was an upgraded original model, and the plate did not actually signify its number coming off the line.

That didn't faze auctioneers, however, who said that it demonstrates the "powerful synergy between technology and entertainment," according to a press release issued last month.

Also selling at the auction was Amelia Earhart's flight goggles she wore during her 1932 solo transatlantic flight for $141,600, while Elvis Presley's personal Martin D-28 guitar state used in his final Las Vegas performance, fetched $106,000.

The endoskeleton from the Universal Studios ride "T2 3-D: Battle Across Time" from the Terminator franchise, sold for $94,400, while the full-scale, screen-used Bumblebee robot from "Transformers" went for $88,500.

Other items of note:

* Large-scale model of front section of Discovery ship from the film "2010" sold for $76,700
* Original full-scale T-800 endoskeleton from "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" for $70,800
* Harrison Ford's signature Indiana Jones bullwhip from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" for $56,050
* Full-sized Predator display from "Predator" and "Predator 2" for $47,200
* Christopher Reeve evil Superman suit from "Superman III" for $35,400

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