28 November 2012
One of the few remaining Apple 1 computers sells for a record breaking $630,000 ...
One of the few remaining working Apple 1 computers has broken auction records by selling for a whopping $630,000 at Auction Team Breker's 24th November sale in Cologne, Germany. Made in 1976 the computer was expected to fetch $200,000 but worldwide attention ensured it sky rocketed past that amount quicker than you can type >10 PRINT "RECORD AUCTION RESULT FOR APPLE 1 COMPUTER"; >20 GOTO 10 >RUN Hope you enjoyed that computer geek reference there.
As reported previously, Apple 1 was the first ready-made personal computer created by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. Although the user still had to provide the keyboard and monitor, it still resembled the computers we’ve become used to today, rather than the huge machines covered in flashing lights and switches.
Only 200 Apple 1 computers were produced and just 43 have survived and of those only six are in working order, according to the Apple 1 Registry by Mike Willegal. In June 2012 one sold for $374,500 in New York, which was a previous record until the example sold at Breker. You can actually watch a demo of the Apple 1 being used by Breker over on YouTube.