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This article was published on July 24, 2012


Calling all rich nerds: Pixar Image computer up for auction on eBay for just $25k

Calling all rich nerds: Pixar Image computer up for auction on eBay for just $25k
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If you’re a nerd (with disposable income), especially one that loves old stories about Apple, Pixar and Steve Jobs, then this eBay auction is for you.

If you want to own a piece of history, you can now bid on an ultra-rare Image computer used at Pixar, and it has a buy it now price of only $25,000.

The person who listed the auction describes this item as a “museum-quality historical artifact”, so I doubt that you can count on creating Toy Story 4 using it. The machine was developed by the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, which was renamed Pixar after Steve Jobs purchased it in 1986.

Let’s have a look at what $25k gets you:

It’s not as big as I thought it would be, but it’s not as portable as this gem from IBM.

Now, let’s take a look under the hood:

I don’t even know what to say about this, but I’m sure that it was very high-tech at the time.

Pixar Image Computer on eBay

Want to learn more about Pixar’s past with technology? Read this piece by our own Matthew Panzarino.

h/t TUAW