Original Apple built by Wozniak in Jobs’ garage fetches a king’s ransom

Who says old computers don’t keep their value? Some of them do, such as the functioning Apple 1 that sold at auction in Germany recently for US$668,000.

According to a report from the Associated Press, German auction house Breker sold the vintage Apple to an unnamed Asian client. The still functioning device is said to be one of just six still functioning models in the world; it bears Steve Wozniak’s signature and came with a transaction letter from his fellow Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. Wozniak is set to have built the model in the garage of Jobs’ parents in 1976.

If you’d purchased an Apple 1 in 1976 – it consisted of just the circuit board; keyboard, case and monitor sold separately – it would  have cost you US$666.

The Apple 1 was first demonstrated at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, Calif. In July of 1976. To finance its construction, Jobs sold his VM Microbus and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator. About 200 models were produced.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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