First Ever Apple Computer Sold For $400,000

Yes, you are not dreaming and no, I did not make a mistake by adding an extra zero or two. The Apple-1 computer, built by the company’s co-founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak has sold at an auction for $400,000

The Apple-1 computer which was built in 1976, with only 200 of its kind ever made was sold at an auction in the US on Tuesday, November 10, 2021 by Californian auction house John Moran. It was sold with two cassette tapes of its original Apple software, and a user manual.

The device had had two previous owners, a university professor and a student he sold it to. A Los Angeles Times journalist called the computer as “the Holy Grail” for antique electronics lovers before the sale.

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with Ronald Wayne, founded Apple. Mr Wozniak allegedly enjoyed repeating numbers, hence the earliest Apple-1 computers sold for $666.66.

The Apple-1 gadget, on the other hand, is still a long way from the highest amount paid for a computer model. In 2014, the New York auction house Bonhams sold an Apple-1 for $905,000 (about £670,000).

The Apple Computer 1, originally released as the Apple Computer and known later as the Apple I, or Apple-1, is a desktop computer released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976. It was designed by Steve Wozniak. 

The idea of selling the computer came from Wozniak’s friend and co-founder Steve Jobs. The Apple I was Apple’s first product, and to finance its creation, Jobs sold his only motorized means of transportation, a VW Microbus, for a few hundred dollars, and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. Wozniak demonstrated the first prototype in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California.

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