A copy of Apple’s first computer, built in 1976 by co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, sold for $ 400,000 at auction in the United States.
The device, a rare “Apple 1” model, still works fine.
John Moran Auctions said the computer was owned by two people: a college professor and his student, who had previously purchased it for $ 650.
The computer came with a user manual and an Apple operating system software manual.
The computer features a koa wood casing that was added by a leading PC retailer called Petshop, in California, who at the time had bought about 50 Apple 1s.
“This type of device is considered sacred to collectors of old electronics and computer technologies,” Apple 1 computer expert Corey Cohen told the Los Angeles Times ahead of the auction, which took place Tuesday in Monrovia.
“That makes it exciting for a lot of people,” Cohen added.
Jobs, Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple on April 1, 1976, in a California auto repair shop.
To help them finance the production of the Apple 1 computers, Jobs sold a minibus he owned, while Wozniak sold an HP 65 calculator for $ 500.
Some 20 devices from the first computers produced by Apple are believed to still be capable of operation.
The computer that was sold at auction is not the most valuable of the “Apple 1” devices, and it still works fine, another copy of this device sold for $ 905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York in 2014.
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