Apple-1 computer auctioned off for $ 213,600

    Yesterday at the Christie auction, the personal computer Apple-1 (Apple I) was sold in working condition ( description of the lot ). The price was £ 133,250 ($ 213,600) - this is a new record for the cost of a serial personal computer. In 1976-77, about 200 copies of Apple-1 were made, then they were sold at a price of $ 666.66 (plus $ 75 separately for a cassette interface).

    The lot includes an Apple-1 motherboard (number 82), a microprocessor 6502 (number R6502P R6502-11 8145), 8 KB RAM, a cassette interface, a printed letter from Steve Jobs and the necessary manuals with the original Apple logo - an apple hanging on a tree over Isaac Newton.

    According to AP , the buyer of the lot was a private collector Marco Boglione (Marco Boglione).

    It is also reported that the auction was personally visited by Steve Wozniak and added a letter with a handwritten autograph to the computer kit. By the way, the Apple-1 computer was developed by Wozniak for personal use, but a friend Steve Jobs persuaded him to try to organize the sale of these devices.

    Apple-1 went down in history as one of the easiest-to-use personal computers of the time. The motherboard was already assembled with 30 chips, ready to go, and the buyer didn’t have to insert capacitors and memory on their own, as on other such kits for assembling a “home PC”. The buyer could only connect the case, power supply, keyboard and monitor to the board.

    The lessons learned by Wozniak in the process of assembling and selling Apple-1, led him to create a much more successful and become a bestseller computer Apple-II.

    Of the approximately 200 Apple-1 computers manufactured to date, 30 to 50 copies have been preserved.

    $ 213,600 is a new record for the cost of a serial personal computer. Previously, Apple-1 computers were sold at much lower prices: usually from $ 14 thousand to $ 16 thousand, with a maximum of $ 50 thousand.

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