Apple 1 Computer Sells For Record £441,000

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One of only six surviving Apple 1 computers still in working order has sold for a record 516,461 euros (£441,532).

An unknown telephone bidder from the Far East bought the device during an auction in Cologne, Germany.

The Apple 1 smashed pre-auction estimates which predicted a price of 200,000 to 300,000 euros, according to Uwe H Breker, auctioneer and boss of Auction Team Breker.

The computer, designed and hand built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, was released in 1976. It came as a motherboard only and sold for $666.66.

Only 200 units are thought to have been produced, with 46 now believed to be in existence – of which six are still in working order.

The device sold in Germany was signed by Steve Wozniak and came with an original monitor, tape-player, keyboard and documentation with the signature of Steve Jobs.

Signature of Steve Wozniak on Apple 1 computer sold at auction

Co-founder Steve Wozniak designed the Apple 1 computer

“It’s really the holy grail of collectable technology,” said Bob Luther, author of The First Apple.

The first batch of 50 Apple 1 computers were built by Jobs and Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage and delivered to the Byte Shop for $500 per unit.

The original asking price represents a third mark-up on the price – plus Wozniak was apparently fond of repeating digits.

Other items sold at the auction included an Apple Lisa-1 which went under the hammer for 34,000 euros (£29,000). Designed in the early 80s, the device was only produced for one year.

Despite Apple’s humble beginnings in a suburban garage, it has grown to become one of the world’s biggest companies with a market value of more than $400bn (£342bn).

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