News that the famed Tekserve electronics store is closing its doors on August 15 has hit New York computer geeks like an iMac to the skull. The West 23rd Street store, which opened in 1987, serviced many Apple products back when the brand was still a niche market (i.e. before this thing) and developed a devoted following.
Thankfully, you can take home a piece of New York technological history before the place shuts down for good. On August 23rd, Roland Auctions is selling off memorabilia from Tekserve, from its Mac Museum to its iconic Coke machine to all manner of vintage AV equipment. Here are some of the most notable goodies you can get your hands on if you’ve got the funds and a quick trigger finger.
A Cold War-era Soviet high-altitude helmet with oxygen hose and communication cables. Heavy Russian accent not included. Starting at $100, estimated $150-$200.
An early magic lantern slide projector with black bellows and an intact bulb. This kind of thing just makes us want to take some pictures of a horse. Starting at $50, estimated $150-$300.
A melted Macintosh computer. This Dali-esque masterpiece was damaged in a fire and is being sold “as is.” Starting at $10, estimated at $20-$100.
A (non-melted) first-generation Macintosh. First released in 1984, this chunky fellow is a bit of a collector’s item; it can fetch a couple thousand dollars on eBay. Starting at $150, estimated $250-$500.
A Blade Runner poster signed by Harrison Ford, Ridley Scott, Rutger Hauer, and others. Act quickly, before this one’s gone like tears in the rain. Starting at $100, estimated $200-$500.
A Blickensderfer typewriter. Take this baby to your local coffee shop and plunk out your screenplay on it. You’ll look so cool, trust us. Starting at $100, estimated $100-$250.
A 10-cent Coca-Cola vending machine. This retro behemoth helped lend Tekserve a vintage feel, with patrons able to grab a chilled soda in a glass bottle if they got thirsty waiting for service. Starting at $250, estimated $500-$900.
A Crinoid Scyphocrinoid fossil. Oh yeah, did we mention you can buy a fossil? Even cooler, this starfish relative from the Devonian period predates dinosaurs by some 100 million years. Starting at $500, estimated $900-$2,500 (but worth so much more in badassery).