Vintage Apple computer auctioned off for $668,000

May 25, 2013

An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers—a functioning 1976 model—has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000).

German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders and built in a family garage.

Breker claims it is one of only six known remaining functioning models in the world. Breker already sold one last year for 492,000 euros.

It says the computer bears Wozniak's signature. An old business transaction letter from the late Jobs also was included.

The , which was sold for $666 in 1976, consisted of only the circuit board. A case, a keyboard and a screen had to be bought separately.

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gwrede
not rated yet May 25, 2013
A bit of advice: If you are the next Jobs or Wozniak, please mark the first products or prototypes you make, in some unobvious way, hopefully in a very non-professional system. The idea being, during the years, your markings should be ignored by most everybody, but when you are retired, you really could benefit from some way of actually knowing which samples are mere copies, and which are actually your originals, and preferably, in the right sequence.
VendicarE
not rated yet May 26, 2013
Wow, I should sell mine.

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