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Apple 1: a functional model sold for $ 101,000 at auction

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Posted: May 31, 2017
Updated: May 31, 2017

by Paul

A Apple 1 operational, which was manufactured in the garage of Steve Jobs, was auctioned off in Germany for $ 101,000. The vintage computer, ancestor of the Mac, was one of the 200 machines that the former Apple CEO and Steve Wozniak designed and marketed in 1976.

Its owner, John J. Dryden, a Californian software engineer, admitted that getting rid of this Apple 1 was not easy. According to him, this machine was indeed “one of the first opportunities for someone to own a real computer”At the time.

Apple 1 - Apple 1: a functional model sold for $ 101,000 at auctionToday, 50 to 60 Apple 1 computers still exist, but only 8 are still in working order. However, despite its rarity, the machine was sold at a price much lower than that estimated by Christie’s auction house, which is between $ 400,000 and $ 600,000.

Note that in October, the Henry Ford organization paid $ 905,000 to acquire one of these very rare computers. Last year, a unique model ” Celebration Apple 1 was also sold at a price of $ 815,000 during an auction organized by CharityBuzz. As a reminder, this 8K machine was sold at a price of $ 666, now over 40 years ago.