Someone has paid almost $700,000 for an Apple-1. Not the most expensive sold to date

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Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world in terms of market capitalization and reputation, the dream of many technology companies. This present, however, could be very different if Steve Wozniak had not designed and built the brand’s first computer in Steve Jobs’s garage. We are talking about Apple-1a relic that has become a collectors’ obsession.

When these products appear on the scene, brand lovers are able to shell out significant amounts of money to get them. A clear example of this is that recently a prototype of an Apple-1 has been sold for almost $700,000. It is not about the complete equipment, but about the motherboard that in its best times had thirty chips and reached 1 MHz speed.

The Apple-1 prototype hand-welded by Wozniak

RR Auction, the firm that in the past has auctioned other items related to the apple company, like a business card and a Macworld magazine signed by Steve Jobs, has announced that an anonymous buyer has been made with the prototype of Apple-1 for 677,196 dollars, much more than the 666.66 dollars that the production units were sold. The price, without a doubt, is related to its historical significance.

The Apple-1 in the auction was hand-built by Steve Wozniak and was the model Steve Jobs used in 1976 to show his personal computer concept to Paul Terrell, the owner of The Byte Shop, one of the world’s first computer stores. world that was located in Mountain View, California. That demonstration was so successful that it resulted in the first big order for Apple Computer.

Thanks to this movement, the incipient project of Jobs and Wozniak began to consolidate. Jobs kept that Apple-1 unit for many years until about 30 years ago, when his new company NeXt was focused (remember he had been fired in 1985) he gave the prototype to someone to reuse some of its components without imagining that years later it would be auctioned off.

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As we can see in the images, the motherboard is not in working order. The upper right corner, at the height of the power supply, is damaged and literally a piece is missing. However, you can see the legend “Apple Computer A, ¬© 76”, which shows that it is a prototype, since the production versions said “Apple Computer 1, Palo Alto, Ca., Copyright 1976”.

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RR Auction says that this model has been identified as the one Jobs featured in The Byte Shop thanks to Polaroid photographs taken by Terrell in 1976. This has made it another highly exclusive Apple product that attracts collectors, but not It is the first nor will it be the last. One such unit sold in 2013 for $671,400, but it wasn’t the most expensive.

Apple M1: anatomy of a revolution

In 2014 Bonhams Auctions included one of these computers as part of its “History of Science and Technology” auction with a base bid of $300,000. The machine, which was in “perfect condition”, was bought for $905,000. Currently it is believed that there are only 62 Apple-1 production units.

Pictures | RR Auction

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