The original ready made computer with a motherboard, the Apple-1, the very first Apple computer made in 1976, originally sold from Steve Jobs parents garage, went under the hammer at Christie's of London yesterday for £133,250 to Italian businessman and private collector Marco Boglione.
Apple's co-found Steve Wozniak, better known as Woz, who originally priced the Apple-1 at $666.66, reportedly because he liked repeating digits was at the auction in person, and added an autographed letter to the lot.
"This was the first auction house I have ever attended and found the whole thing fascinating," Wozniak told Macworld.
"I remember building this computer but this auction was a historic moment as it was the first ready made computer with a motherboard, especially when sold alongside such other technological greats as an Enigma, the German code-making machine, which I had the pleasure of playing with before its sale and writings of British mathematician Alan Turing, considered one of the founders of modern computing."
The lot comprised components from the Apple-1, original manual and packaging along with a letter from Jobs.
"Original printed wrappers, stapled, with original company logo to upper wrapper and warranty within decorative border to inside rear wrapper (short split at foot of spine) -- double-sided illustrated advertisement sheet with prices -- original typed invoice for Apple-1 and Apple cassette interface totalling $741.66 dated 12/7/76, with salesman named as Steven," Christie's noted.
Christie's description added. "APPLE-1 -- Personal Computer. An Apple-1 motherboard, number 82, printed label to reverse, with a few slightly later additions including a 6502 microprocessor, labeled R6502P R6502-11 8145, printed circuit board with 4 rows A-D and columns 1-18, three capacitors, heatsink, cassette board connector, 8K bytes of RAM, keyboard interface, firmware in PROMS, low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits, video terminal, breadboard area with slightly later connector, with later soldering, wires and electrical tape to reverse, printed to obverse Apple Computer 1 Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976."
The Apple-1 had just 8k of memory - 524,000 times less than is standard with today's Apple computers. It would not have the capacity to store one song.
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