The first Apple computer will be auctioned
London, November 15, 2010
Christie’s will auction the first computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the Apple I. The auction will be in Nov. 23 in London.
The computer was built in 1976 by the creators of the famous company “Apple Inc.”. It cost, in those times, U.S. $ 666.66 (for a taste for repeated digits from Wozniak) and now would be auctioned for prices ranging between 188,400 and 282.00 Euros.
The whole lot includes the computer, a manual with the first logo of Apple Computer Co., a guarantee signed by Steve Jobs, multiple cassettes, and other utensils.
It is estimated that 200 Apple I were sold. The computer consisted of a complex circuit board assembly containing 60 chips. For 75 dollars more, one would get a cassette interface card.
Also, to use the computer, one should add a housing, a transformer power supply, a proper ignition switch, an ASCII keyboard, and a composite video screen.
Discontinued in 1977, the Apple I was the first step towards a technological adventure for millions of users and billions of dollars. This Nov. 23, it will be honored.