Pixar Image Computer Appears on eBay, Might Require a Lottery Win

[Credit: Tomkin84/ eBay]
If you have money to burn, or want a vintage computer collection that would rival the Computer History Museum's, then you need to head over to eBay right now--especailly if you have a soft spot for Pixar.

eBay user "Tomkin84" is selling a Pixar II Image Computer, a high-end workstation originally introduced in 1987 by Pixar, the company that Steve Jobs bought from Lucasfilm in February 1986. Interestingly enough, although it was used for high quality image processing and even 3D CAT scan rendering, Pixar never used the machine for any movies. The rare computer stands out due to the interesting shape of the monitor and system unit, described as a "tombstone" design, and the giant Pixar logo emblazened across the front.

Tomkin84 wasn't exactly sure what was in his possession until he spoke to a collegue, who deduced that this particular model was manufactured between July and August 1988, but needs a workstation connected and workstation interface card in order to work. This PC appears to be in good condition, but does suffer from a couple of blemishes and a hairline crack. Unfortunatley, nobody knows if it even still works, because there's no power cord.

Still think the computer is worth a purchase, even if just to display a part of history? Here's the biggest catch: You will have to pay at least $15,000 for the pleasure of ownership, or $25,000 if you don't want to enter a bidding war.

A high price indeed, but this is a computer you very rarely see, even in a collector's library of PCs. While it is a shame there is no power cord, this is something that is just nice to keep preserved, and let's face it, would you want to attempt to use a computer this old?

You can find out more about the listing, and more photos, over on the eBay listing.

[eBay via Engadget]

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