A wooden Apple-1 computer, the first computer Apple brought to market in 1976, with only a few dozen left in the world, was auctioned off Tuesday for $ 400,000.
The value of the copy that was auctioned at John Moran Auctions in Monrovia, near Los Angeles, was estimated at between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000. The company founded by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs only produced 200 Apple-1s, all hand-assembled by Jobs, and most of them sold for $ 666.66 at the time.
A still-working Apple-1 device sold for over $ 900,000 in 2014 at an auction at Bonhams. Expert Cory Cohen told the Los Angeles Times that 60 “Apple-1” devices have been counted to date, but only 20 of them, including those offered by “John Moran”, are still functional. What adds to the uniqueness of this copy is that its case is made from koa wood from the Hawaiian Islands, and is one of only six wood-equipped devices of this type, according to the auction house’s brochure. In 1976, the Apple 1 was one of the few PC models assembled (with components soldered to the motherboard), but they were often sold without the computer case or keyboard.
The computer sold at auction on Tuesday had been bought at the time by a professor at “Chaffee College”, who then resold it in 1977 to a student of his who has kept it until today.
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