Vintage Apple I Draws Big Bucks at Auction

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – An auction participator recently forked over big bucks for a still-operational Apple 1 computer, the Cupertino, California-based company’s first product released in 1976. The exact amount? $374,500 dollars, according to a report from the BBC on Friday.

The auction was held by Sothebys and the item surpassed the auctioning company’s valued estimate (set between $120 and $180 thousand). You can view a picture of the sold item on Sotheby’s website (also includes specs).

The Apple I was offered as a circuit board unit, requiring consumers to self-assemble the product with a display, keyboard and power supplies. The computer was designed by Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and interestingly enough sold for $666.66 dollars due to Wozniak’s love for repeating digits.

“As the first ready-made personal computer, the Apple I signaled a new age in which computing becam accessible to the masses,” read a catalogue note via sothebys.com. Only around fifty of the units are known to currently exist. Even less are thought to still be operational. Meanwhile, the auction also generated $27,500 for a memo by Steve Jobs, penned when the former Apple CEO worked for gaming company Atari.

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