Roland Borsky, 52-year-old Austrian, owner of what he believes to be the largest collection of Macs in the world. And she can end up in the trash if no one has an interest in her, as the Reuters.
It all started in the 1980s, when Borsky went to work at a Mac repair shop in Vienna. At the same time, it began its collection, consisting primarily of computers that had no repair and were left there by customers or personal computers of the computer technician. Things have been growing, growing and growing some more over the next two decades and today Borsky has about 1,100 (!) Macs from all ages in its deposit, located on the outskirts of the Austrian capital.
To get an idea of how impressive the number, the Apple Museum (in Prague) that ranks as the largest private collection of Apple products in the world has 472 items among Macs, older computers and other devices launched by the Cupertino giant. .
Life went well for Borsky until a competitor impossible to fight against came to Austria: yes, Apple itself. With the opening of the company's first store in Vienna at the beginning of the year, the Mac repair shop market went into decline, and the fact that Apple's 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.
Now there is no more money to keep the deposit where he keeps his collection, and things can go to the marsh in no time: if Borsky can't get a buyer or benefactor in no time, all over a thousand Macs will go straight to the dumpster. The idea of the collector finding one with a good reserve in his pocket that puts the Macs in a permanent display: "I would be happy if they were just exposed anywhere so people could see them," he said.
On its way is the fact that interest in most of Borsky's machines is high. Collectors, auctioneers, and the like have a preference for older Apple computers, such as the Apple I models occasionally sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s Macs are not in demand for such audiences. .
Still, it is hoped that the public exposure of the collector's story and the impressive number of machines will attract the attention of some benefactor who can help the Austrian parade. Is any here enabled?