First ever Apple computer sells for $213,600

The Apple-1 was built in Steve Jobs' parents' garage and originally sold for $666.66

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First ever Apple computer sells for $213,600
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 24, 2010

An original Apple-1 computer has been sold at Christie's auction house in London for $213,600.

The computer was valued at between $158,000 and $240,000 prior to the sale. The lot came with the original packaging, manuals, cassette interface and basic tape as well as early documentation and a rare letter from Steve Jobs.

The unit also had a few later additions, including a plastic Rockwell CPU, not a MOS [6502] white ceramic part, which was found in the original, a printed circuit board with 4 rows A-D and columns 1-18, three capacitors, cassette board connector, 8K bytes of RAM, later soldering and a later connector.

Around 200 Apple-1's were made and only 50 are still known to exist in the world. The auctioned computer was number 82. It is likely that this machine is the same as one that was sold on eBay in November 2009 for $50,000.  The winning bidder  has not been identified.

 The Apple-1 computer was  originally sold for $666.66 , and were assembled by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, working from Job's parent's garage. Once the  company introduced its next computer, the Apple II , many Apple-1's were traded in.

The Apple-1 was sold in a kit form with a fully assembled circuit board with 4KB of memory,  but no powersupply, keyboard , case or monitor,

Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder and the Apple-1 inventor was at Christie's for the auction.

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