And just because I think you all will enjoy knowing -- or even bidding on -- this, I want to point out that Profiles in History, an auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, is selling an early production Macintosh 128 computer that was given to Gene Roddenberry by Apple Computer. The auction will take place on Oct. 8-9, 2009, and the sale price is estimated at $800 to $1,200.
That strikes me as a strange number, not only because that's still about the price of a new iMac, but also because DeForest Kelly's ("Bones") shoes are expected to go for the same amount. He wore those leather boots in three movies; they must be getting a bit gamey by now. Also, a red women's Starfleet uniform in season three's mini-dress style starts at $4,000. This is a red uniform! Everyone knows it'll get you killed before the show is half over.
Last I checked, bidding was up to $4,000 on Roddenberry's Apple. You can get a brand-new Mac Pro with an 8-core processor and 6GB of memory for a bit less than that. And according to Apple, the Mac 128 had no built-in memory expansion, but a third-party upgrade could take that system to 512K. That still seems a more fitting price tag.
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