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For Sale: Old Apple, Very Expensive

Published on June 21, 2013
by Peter Kafka

apple 1 christiesIn July 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started producing their first computer in Jobs’s parents’ house. The original list price: $666, which got you a preassembled motherboard but no casing, keyboard or monitor.

If you want to buy one today, you’ll need at least $300,000.

Jobs and Wozniak made about 200 Apple-1s, and in recent years some of them have been popping up in auction houses. The one pictured above sold for $212,000 via Christie’s¬†auction house in November 2010, about 11 months before Jobs died.

Since then, the AP reports, prices have shot up dramatically, and buyers have spent as much as $671,000 for other units.

Christie’s has another Apple-1 coming on the market shortly, and has set the minimum bid at $300,000. If you’re in Silicon Valley, you can check it out for yourself, starting Monday, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

 

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