Roland Borsky and the largest collection of Macs in the world, in Vienna

Austrian has the largest collection of old Macs in the world – and it can go to waste

Roland Borsky, 52-year-old Austrian, owns what he believes to be the largest collection of Macs in the world. And she can end up in the dump if nobody is interested in her, as informed by Reuters.

It all started in the 1980s, when Borsky went to work at a Mac repair shop in Vienna. At the same time, his collection began, consisting basically of computers that had not been repaired and were left there by customers – or machines for the IT technician’s personal use. Things have been growing, growing and growing a little more over the next two decades, and today, Borsky has about 1,100 (!) Macs from all ages in its warehouse, located on the outskirts of the Austrian capital.

To get an idea of ​​how impressive the number is, the Apple Museum (in Prague) – which stands as the largest private collection of Apple products in the world – has 472 items among Macs, older computers and other devices launched by Cupertino giant.

Life went well for Borsky until a competitor impossible to fight arrived in Austria: yes, Apple itself. With the opening of the company’s first store in Vienna at the beginning of the year, the repair shop market for Macs went into full decline – the fact that Apple computers became increasingly difficult to repair also didn’t help much technicians like Borsky. With finances sinking, he was forced to close his shop a few months ago.

Roland Borsky and the largest collection of Macs in the world, in Vienna

Now, there is no more money to keep the deposit where he keeps his collection and things can go wrong in a short time: if Borsky doesn’t find a buyer or benefactor in a short time, all over a thousand Macs will go straight to the trash. The collector’s idea is to find someone with a good reserve in his pocket who puts Macs on a permanent display: “I would be happy if they were simply displayed anywhere … so people can see them,” he said.

In its path is the fact that interest in most Borsky machines is not high. Collectors, auction participants and the like have a predilection for older Apple computers, such as the Apple I models occasionally sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but Macs of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s are not so popular with this type of audience. .

Still, there is hope that the public display of the collector’s history and the impressive number of machines will attract the attention of any benefactor who can help the Austrian in the parade. Does anyone here qualify?

via MacRumors