Original Apple-1 computer fails to sell at auction

Macworld Australia Staff
10 October, 2012
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An original Apple-1 computer, built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s, failed to sell at an auction in the UK on Tuesday.

Priced at £80,000 ($125,400) at Christie’s auction house, the bare computer was sold originally without a power supply, keyboard, monitor and offered only 4KB of memory.

According to The Sun the highest bidder offered £32,000 ($50,160) for the computer designed and hand built by Steve Wozniak, which was priced at US$666.66 when it went on sale in July 1976.

Speaking with The Sun, Christie’s spokeswoman Leonie Pitts highlighted the computers significance in technology history.

“Prior to the Apple-1 only high tech whizz kids had a computer. You had to buy the bits and put it together yourself,” she said.

Apple ceased production of the Apple-1 in 1977, selling around 200 units.


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