First Apple Computer to Be Auctioned for $160k - $240k

Published by: Dave Simmons on 12th Nov 2010 | View all blogs by Dave Simmons
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First Apple Computer to Be Auctioned for $160k - $240k

The Apple 1, the first computer made by Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, will reportedly be sold at auction at Christie's in London, England on November 23rd.  Officials from the auction house estimate the computer will fetch between $161,000 and $242,000.

The computer was built by Jobs and fellow Apple founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 out of Jobs' family's garage and was originally sold for $666.66.  The computer is reportedly one of 200 Apple 1s created by Jobs and Wozniak in 1976 and 1977.  The computer comes in the original box, with a return address of the California garage where the company began, and features the original Apple logo, which depicts Isaac Newton getting hit on the head with an apple.  A signed note from Steve Jobs is also included in the auction.

Though the computer does not come with either a keyboard or a monitor, it makes up for that with its considerable history.  The Apple 1 is considered by many as the world's first personal computer and the product that began the home computing revolution.  Prior to the Apple 1's introduction, personal computers were sold as kits and required a bit of soldering and a working knowledge of electronics to assemble.

Christie's officials estimate that only a quarter of the original 200 Apple 1s made are still around, and says only a handful are in such pristine condition as the one up for auction.

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