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Apple 1 motherboard and more classic tech goes up for auction

A range of historically significant technology items has been put up for auction in New York – and they won’t be going cheap.

Among the collection of vintage tech gear that’s been placed up for grabs is an Apple 1 motherboard, the last supercomputer designed by Seymour Cray, and a 1936 Baird television set.

As the BBC reports, you’ll need to have some serious cash to afford any of these tech relics. The Apple 1 motherboard has a starting price of $300,000 (around £194,000), while the aforementioned 79-year-old TV set is expected to fetch between $20,000 (£13,000) and $30,000.

The aforementioned Cray-4 supercomputer processor (with a serial number of 001) is listed at $50,000 to $80,000. Cray was working on the Cray-4 when his company went bankrupt in 1995, and he died the following year. This example is believed to be the only one in existence.

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Indeed, a large part of the reason for these inflated prices is each item’s scarcity. It’s believed that there are fewer than 50 Apple 1 motherboards in existence, for example.

Other lots being included in the auction include an early German Enigma machine, an American Civil War-era spy telegraph set, and handwritten paperwork from Albert Einstein himself.

See how far Apple’s computer range has come since the Apple 1 in our MacBook Pro 2015 review video:

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