The First Apple-1 Computer Touted to Fetch $240,000 on Sale at Christies
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak with the Apple-1 Computer in 1976
Fancy buying a piece of computer history? Sadly, it’ll cost you dearly. Daily Mail reports that one of the original Apple 1 Computer, sold out of Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage in 1976, will go up for sale at Christie’s in London for a whopping $240,000.
There were about 200 examples of the original Apple-1 that were launched in 1976 and only a few survive today. The computer is apparently number 82, and comes with the original invoice and a typed letter signed by Steven Jobs, as well as all the original packaging, documentation, and manuals. It was the first fully pre-assembled computer produced, complete with a 1.0 MHz MOS 6502 processor and an extra cassette interface for read/write capability. That first machine, hand-carved, packing a whopping 8K memory, is the first of its kind to be sold by a major auction house.
The Apple-1 were the first fully pre-assembled computer to be produced, but even so did not come with a monitor or keyboard. The Apple-1 was discontinued by October 1977, after the Apple II had been introduced in April earlier that year. This entire setup would have cost an aspiring purchaser $666.66 back in July of 1976. An additional cassette interface that comes alongside the to-be-auctioned product would have cost an extra $75 in Apple’s beginning years.
Anyone interested in this piece of important Apple history can get it at Christie’s in London on November 23rd.
The Apple 1 board, accessories and documentation
The Apple-1 Computer customised with an after-market wooden enclosure with carved name and keyboard