British Microcomputer Jupiter Ace's Unsold Stock, Software & Name Go Up For Auction

Jupiter-Ace-Brand-and-Stock-up-for-auction-on-eBayIn 1982 a duo of designers who worked on the ZX Spectrum broke away from the Sinclair name to create their very own microcomputer, the Jupiter Ace. With both of the computer's creators now heading into retirement, the entire company - including unsold stock, master tapes, unreleased software, and even the Jupiter Ace name - have been put on eBay in an effort to immortalise the system's legacy.

Although the Jupiter Ace was capable of executing software around ten times faster than its nearest rivals, very few developers were willing to make the leap from the BASIC coding language to Forth. This in turn sadly saw the microcomputer struggle to stay afloat whilst the software libraries of other systems continued to grow. That said, there were still some impressive offerings available for the Jupiter Ace.

The auction on eBay for everything the Jupiter Ace company owns is currently awaiting an opening bid of £10,000. Although it's very unlikely that any individual retro gamer will be willing to invest this much in the legacy of the microcomputer, there are plans under way to ensure the Jupiter Ace's history is correctly preserved.

The Centre for Computing History charity museum in Cambridge is currently attempting to raise enough funds through donations to meet the auction's opening bid. On their Justgiving fundraising page, Jason Fitzpatrick has stated that the museum wants to preserve the Jupiter Ace collection and gift it the exhibition space it deserves. 

So should you be feeling generous, or just simply want to help archive a part of British retro gaming history, then be sure to pledge your support to the charity run museum.

Full details on what the auction includes can be found on the official Jupiter Ace website.

Link: Jupiter Ace's Archive Auction on eBay

Link: The Centre for Computing History's Jupiter Ace Fundraiser

Last Updated ( 14 May 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) gunstarhero 2014-05-15 06:34
This iconic British computer has been at the top of my wish list for years. Never found one in the wild despite thousands of car boots and finding other home computers that are even rarer, but how much would I love to be able to bid on this! Going to be watching this listing with real interest to see what it goes for :)

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