I’ve been traveling this week, and my reading material for the plane ride was Michael Hiltzik’s excellent Dealers of Lightning, which tells the story of Xerox PARC. I got through Chapter 12 and the story of how PARC researchers built 30 Alto systems for use within the facility.
So what’s one of the first things I see when I get back? An Alto sells on eBay for $30,100. And it does not work. It’s a rare piece of history, but the price surprised me. I am aware of one other Alto, and I’ve heard that someone with a restored Alto II might be listing the system soon.