Rare Apple-1 Computer Auctions For Record Amount

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When one envisions a product from Apple Inc, the images that come to mind are slim, stylish products like the iPad, iPod Touch and the Macbook Air - not this green unfinished looking motherboard. But believe it or not, this is where it all began.

One of only two hundred machines made, it was designed and built in 1976, by Apple Inc. Co-founder Steve Wozniak. While this glorified high-performance calculator, which cost $666.66 USD, is a far cry from the modern computer, the Apple-1 was a revolutionary product - The first pre-assembled computer to ever be sold. Prior to this, if consumers wanted a computer they would have to solder their own motherboard together.

While the computer did come with an instruction manual, it did not have either a monitor or built-in keyboard. Instead it came with a signed letter from Steve Jobs with suggestions and ideas about what customers could use.

The basic computer had just 4KB RAM (Random Access Memory) - It could however be upgraded to 48KB, and while this may sound like a lot, it is not enough to store a song or even a picture. The Apple-1 also had no storage capability, but did come with a $75 USD cassette interface, that would allow users to load programs.

With only a quarter of the original 200 Apple-1's believed to be around, it is rare to find one that's for sale. It was therefore not surprising that when the above specimen was announced by Christie's Auction House in London, it generated a lot of excitement. The fact that it was still in its original packaging, did not hurt either. And if that wasn't enough, the brains behind the computer, Steve Wozniak was present at the auction and added an autographed letter, as part of the package.

The highest bidder at the November 23rd event was Italian businessmen and private collector Mario Boglione, who paid $210,000 USD or 425 times the original price - not bad for owning a piece of history is it?

Sources: dailymail.co.uk

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48 Comments
  • cupcakeSaturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    Sweet
    • MaplefurSaturday, September 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm
      Wow, if I were them I would totally do that!
      • AvaWednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8:35 am
        This is awesome
        • McDonald's Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm
          I thing Steve jobs is awesome
          • dhoni
            dhoniThursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:12 am
            Of course he is
          • android haverMonday, February 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm
            android is way better than apple because one of the main resons is android has a back button and some android phones are water proof
            • dhoni
              dhoniThursday, June 9, 2016 at 7:11 am
              haters gonna hate that's all I can say
            • dumbhumbugmum45
              dumbhumbugmum45Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm
              Wow is that an egyptian??ancient!
              • doggirl
                doggirlSaturday, March 30, 2013 at 11:04 am
                most ancient apple product on the world
                • OliviaWednesday, January 2, 2013 at 5:52 am
                  WOW that thing is ancient looking. Not monitor or bult in key board..not even sure if there is a acual computer part. But i just stopped at having no screen..then what purpose does it serve. Also, the fact that it has no speakers so even if you could download songs you really could listen to them or even see them on the screen!
                  • Swagg jrFriday, April 20, 2012 at 10:24 am
                    Apple is awesome !!!
                    • TaytayWednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm
                      I love apple our family has mostly everything apple like computer,nano,classic,touch,iPhone,iPhone 4S,iPad. I mean we are freaks about it we call ourselves tecno geeks. If you need help just ask my dad he knows everything about'em. It is really old,but cool he has one of those minds that is genius just keeps on thinking and making it happen! So that is who I am just a little about me and keep reading more great articles because this is a great website to learn and be more smarter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!