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Rare Apple-1 computer from 1976 auctioned for $130,000

1 in 200: Rare Apple-1 auctioned for $130,000
By: Anthony Garreffa | Computer Systems News | Posted: May 22, 2017 6:46 am

Apple only made 200 of its Apple-1 computers back in 1976, something that was built in Steve Jobs' garage, and was just auctioned in Germany for a huge $130,000. Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak designed, and marketed the Apple-1 in 1976.

 

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John Dryden, the original Californian software engineer who owned the Apple-1, admitted it was hard to sell. He said: "(The Apple 1) was one of the first opportunities for someone to possess a real computer. I'd been working with computers for a while but they were huge".

 

Dryden sold the Apple-1 computer with the original receipt for the motherboard and cassette recorder, an operating manual, and something that would be amazing to see in person: notes of telephone conversations between Dryden and Wozniak from 1977. Apple never made an external housing for the Apple-1 computer, with the company selling the power supply, keyboard, monitor, and cassette recorder separately.

 

It was only in 2014 that another rare Apple-1 computer was auctioned off for $905,000 - and incredible leap from the $130,000 that we're seeing here today. Breker's auction house, which hosted the sale of the Apple-1 and specializes in technical antiques, said that the lowered price is due to the "hype" falling down from Steve Jobs' death five years ago.

NEWS SOURCES:Macrumors.com

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