Realized back in year 1976, the Apple 1 computer designed and developed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in Silicon Valley was the very first ready-made personal computer which actually signaled a new age in which computing became accessible to masses. Originally rejected by Homebrew Computer Club when it first was presented by its makers, this ground-breaking and sensational 1st product of today's highest-valued company 'Apple', even after 32 years of its make, is breaking records at the auction blocks. Out of the 200 Apple I units ever produced, just 43 are thought to have survived, and of these only 6 are in operational order. Now, after one of the working Apple I unit, recently got sold for $374,500, a price double its estimate at the Sotheby’s sale in New York, another machine has now broken the auction records fetching a whopping $630,00 at auction Breker’s 24th November sale in Nov. 24th in Cologne, Germany.
Created back in 1976, this particular machine which actually retained its original period peripherals including transformer, Panasonic 2102 cassette record, Sony monitor and Datanetics ASCII keyboard, in addition to reprints of the original manual and schematic diagram signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, realized $430,000 more than its estimate of $200,000.
Besides, we have also earlier seen the auctioneer Christie’s sale offering of former Apple employee's Apple-1 personal computer with serial number ‘22’, which was expected to garner as much as $126,800, and the Apple fanboy's splurge of $213,000 on original Apple I computer at Christie's auction back in 2010.