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First Apple Computer Auction: Was The 1 Worth $210,700?

Whenever you think of Apple you think of state-of-the-art design, matched by awesome performance. However, things were a little different back in 1976 (I was just four), which was when the Apple-1 computer was made. You might wonder why we would be talking about this now? Well it seems that this old computer has just fetched $210,700 at auction.

According to BBC News, thats 425 times the amount of the original cost. The auction was held at London’s Christie’s auction house a few days ago. There were only 200 made, which were built in Steve Jobs parents garage — how things have changed for the Apple CEO, you only have to look at the iPad and the new MacBook Air to know just what i am talking about.

The specs of the Apple-1 was said to be high in its day, just 8-bit 6502 microprocessor and 8K bytes of RAM. I do not know about you, but I would love to see one of these devices for real, this will give you a true sense of just how far Apple has come.

According to AP Marco Boglion, a private collector won the bid over the phone — not certain what he plans to do with his purchase.

Another device that was up for auction was Alan Turing’s papers to break the code of the Enigma machine; this did not make the reserve price.

How much would you have paid for the Apple-1? Was it worth $210,700?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

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