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Working Apple 1 computer sold at auction

Luke Johnson


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A working Apple 1 computer hand made by company co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has sold at auction for $365,000 (£232,000).

The machine, which is just one of 50 such devices still believed to be in existence, was expected to fetch anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000 (£254,000 - £382,000).

Back in October another Apple 1 was snapped up by the Henry Ford Organisation for $905,000 (£576,000).

Despite the computer’s relatively low sale price, the machine holds extra historical value having originally been sold in person by Apple’s talismanic leader, Jobs.

When new in the 1970s, the Apple 1 machine cost $666.66.

Despite early Apple 1 computers being little more than a hobby project for Jobs and Woz, Apple has since gone on to become the world’s most valuable company.

Having transformed the Apple 1 into the now dominant Mac line of computers, Apple is now better known for launching industry-defining devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Discussing the birthing of Apple recently, company co-founder Wozniak suggested that the belief of Apple 1 machines being pieced together in Jobs’ garage is actually ‘a myth’.

He said: “The garage is a bit of a myth. We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there.”

He added: “We would drive the finished products to the garage, make them work and then we'd drive them down to the store that paid us cash. There were hardly ever more than two people in the garage and mostly they were sitting around kind of doing nothing productive.

“The garage didn’t serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home. We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money. We outgrew that garage very quickly.”

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Via: BBC

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