Christie’s to auction former Apple employee’s Apple-1 personal computer
Apple is not only the world’s most admired brand, but also the most valuable company of all time in terms of market capitalization. Even after one year of Steve Jobs death, Apple is rising high which becomes apparent from the sales figure which says over 17 million iPads were sold in last quarter. However, it’s not only the latest generation of Apple products that are selling, but also the early Apple computers created by the charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution Steve Jobs’ are selling for record prices at auction blocks. We have earlier seen the sale of one of the six existing and working Apple-1 computer for $374,500, double than its estimated price of $180,000 and the original Apple-1 motherboard with serial number ‘82’ for a price of $213,000. And for the likes of collectors and Apple lovers, Christie’s is now offering the auction of the original Apple personal computer, the ground-breaking Apple-1 with serial number ‘22’, directly from the estate of a former Apple employee, Joe Copson, on 9 October 2012.
Realized back in year 1976 by the Apple Computer Company, the Apple-1 machine was originally designed and developed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. When Wozniak and Jobs presented the Apple-1 computer to the Homebrew Computer Club, it was totally dismissed by everyone, except Paul Terrel who then orederd 50 computers for $500 apiece. Following the order, both Jobs and Wozniak continued computer production and started retailing Apple-1 at a catchy price of $666.66.
Interestingly, the pair famously invested all they could to finance the first Apple computer creation, with iconic Steve Jobs selling his VW, his only transportation mode and Wozniak his HP-65 calculator, to generate reasonable funds for the project.
This Apple-1 computer with serial number ‘22’ is expected to fetch a price between $79,000 and $126,800, when it’ll be offered at Christie’s sale of Travel, Science and Natural History including the Polar Sale to commemorate the Scott Centenary, on 9 October 2012.