It's Apple all around. People not only take pride in owning Apple products including generations of iPhones, iPods, MacBooks and iPads, but also in owning the early Apple computers and memorabilia associated with Steve Jobs. We have recently seen the auction offering of Steve Jobs memo from Atari days at Sotheby’s and Steve Jobs signed Apple contract, besides the auction of giant Apple Computer neon sign and the $213,000 splurge on the original Apple I computer at Christie’s auction, which is a record for the old technology. Now, one of the six existing and working Apple I computer, a truly microcomputer system on a single PC board, is being offered at the Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts auction, to be held in New York on June 15, and is expected to fetch a total of $180,000.
Developed by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, the Apple I computer’s history goes back to 1976, when it was presented to the Homebrew Computer Club, and was totally dismissed by almost everyone, except Paul Terrel who then ordered 50 computers for $500 apiece. Following this order Jobs and Wozniak continued production and started retailing the computers at a catchy price of $666.66. Described as the first ready-made personal computer, Apple I signaled a new age in which computing became accessible to masses.
This particular operational Apple computer I is described to be the one out of 50 surviving and 6 in working condition. The lot on sale also includes Apple I cassette interface Copyright 1976, cassette tapes used to store programs and data, several manuals including a rare Apple- I Operation Manual.
Update: Two of the avid-collectors help drive the bidding of a rare operational Apple 1 to a new height, as it got sold for an astounding price of $374,500, a price double the highest pre-sale estimate of $180,000. Reportedly, the winning bid was placed by telephone, and the buyers name have been kept anonymous by the auctioneer.