Apple I computer in a wooden case sold at auction for 500 thousand dollars

By: Yuriy Stanislavskiy | 11.11.2021, 12:55
Apple I computer in a wooden case sold at auction for 500 thousand dollars

Computers can be of great antique value. the Original Apple computer, created by the founders of the company Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in 1976, was sold at auction in the United States for $ 400,000. At the end of the auction the buyer paid for a collectible copy of half a million U.S. dollars.

Computer is presented in the case of a special wood - rare Hawaiian koa. It is called the Apple I and functions up to this day. The model is one of 200 computers of its kind produced and sold in Apple's early days. "It's kind of the Holy Grail for collectors of retro electronics and computer technology," Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen told the Los Angeles Times ahead of Tuesday's auction.

The model sold is known to have had only two owners - a college professor and his student, to whom he sold the machine for $650, John Moran Auctioneers explained. It came with a user's manual and Apple software on two cassettes.

Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne founded Apple on April 1, 1976 in a garage in California. To help fund production Apple I, Jobs sold his VW minivan and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500.

In 1976, computers Apple I sold for $666.66 each. Legend has it that such a price tag was invented to please Steve Wozniak's passion for repeating numbers.

Source: johnmoranbbc

Illustration: John Moran Auctioneers