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A thousand times more expensive than the original: prototype of the Apple-1 computer sold at auction

Before channel 24 He wrote that RR Auction is preparing the Apple 1 prototype belonging to Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, for sale. At the time of its release, the computer cost $666.66 per unit, and about 200 units were produced. The lot was sold at an auction for 1000 times more.

Price of Apple 1 sold at auction

RR Auction reports lot 5006 sold $677,196. But the model sold is particularly unique because it was the prototype that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs used as a demonstration in 1976.

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Sold Lot 5006 Apple Computer 1 / Photo by RR Auction

The prototype was shown to Paul Terrell, owner of Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of the first computer stores in the world to sell the Apple-1. The device is also engraved with the words “Apple Computer A” instead of the standard Apple Computer 1 mark.

RR Auctions verified the authenticity of the prototype by comparing it to old photos of the computer taken in 1976 and later published in Time magazine. Apple computer historian Corey Cohen also confirmed the machine’s authenticity in a 13-page report.

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One of the first photos from Apple Computer 1 / Photo by Time

According to RR Auction, the prototype remained in the garage of Jobs’ home for many years. Unfortunately, part of the circuit board broke, resulting in no Sprague Atom capacitors left.

An auction for the Apple-1 prototype began last month, with bids initially exceeding $200,000. The price of the computer was expected to eventually reach at least $500,000, which was very close to the final bid.

Source: 24 Tv

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