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Apple fanboy splurges $213,000 on Original Apple I computer at Christie’s auction

Andrea Divirgilio / November 24, 2010

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Apple fanboys take pride in owning too many apple gadgets including generations of MacBooks, iPhones and iPods. But the biggest Apple fanboy title goes to Italian businessman and private collector Marco Boglione, who has spent a cool $ $213,600 (133,250 pounds) for the love of computers. The wealthy Apple lover has bought the Apple I, the first ever Apple computer, and one of only 200 such models ever made. Apple I came for an original price of $666.66 with a fully assembled motherboard, making it ready to use straight from the box, provided the user supplied a keyboard, power supply and display. The buyer placed his bid on phone to close the auction that was held on Nov. 23, 2010 at the Christie’s auction house in central London.

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Marco’s brother Francesco Boglione, who attended the auction in person, said that Marco’s purchase was a testament to his love of computers. The computer came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Steve Jobs and Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was present at the technology auction.

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“Today my heart went out as I got to see things auctioned off like the Turing documents and the Enigma machine – and the Apple I,” Wozniak told journalists after the auction. “It really was an important step, (even though) I didn’t feel that way when I designed it.”

Via: ZDNet/Christies

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