Exceptional rare Apple-1 Computer, handmade by Steve Jobs and his tech partner, Steve Wozniak will be auctioned by Sotheby’s. This Apple-1 from 1976, one of just 200 is the first ever batch of computers ever produced by hand of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. This computer relic will be offered as a part of Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts sale on 15th June 2012 and is estimated to fetch $120,000-$180,000.
This Apple-1 computer with the original cassette interface, operating manuals and a rare BASIC Users’ Manual is one of the first batch of machines that launched the PC era. It heralded the start of the personal computing revolution by allowing users to type letters on a keyboard rather than through a panel of lights and switches.
The Apple Computer was created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and presented to the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto the same year. It was a sensation among hobbyists until retailer Peter Terrell ordered 50 to sell in his specialty chain, Byte Shop, but he insisted that the circuit boards come fully assembled rather than as kits, so Jobs and Wozniak built the 50 in just 30 days. He paid $500 apiece for the units, and then offered to the public for $666.66.
Of the 50 models made for the shop, just six still work. This one, basically a stripped-down 9-inch-by-15-inch (23cm-by-38cm) motherboard, with four manuals but no cabinet, monitor or keyboard computer is one of that six, that is in working condition.
The sale will also include the instruction written by Steve Jobs to his supervisor, Stephen Bristow in 1974 while he was working at Atari. Four pages typed manuscript on Atari embossed letterhead, includes 3 original circuit diagrams in pencil by Jobs. With 1 pg ANS on lined paper in black pen, signed “Steve Job”s, providing additional designs for the paddles and alignment of players defending a soccer goal. This rare manuscript is estimated between $10,000-$15,000! [Sotheby’s]