An original Apple computer, hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, went under the hammer in the United States on Tuesday.
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AThe original Apple computer, hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, went under the hammer in the United States on Tuesday.
The functional Apple-1, the great-great-grandfather of today’s sleek chrome and glass Macbooks, is expected to fetch up to $ 600,000 at an auction in California.
The so-called “Chaffey College” Apple-1 is one of 200 products made by Jobs and Wozniak at the very beginning of the company’s odyssey, from the garage start-up to the $ 2 trillion megalith. dollars.
What makes it even rarer is the fact that the computer is encased in koa wood, a richly weathered wood native to Hawaii. Only a handful of the original 200 were made this way.
Jobs and Wozniak mainly sold Apple-1s as components. A computer store that received around 50 units decided to pack some in wood, the auction house said.
“It’s kind of the holy grail for collectors of vintage electronics and computer technology,” Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen told the Los Angeles Times. “It makes him really exciting for a lot of people. “
The John Moran Auctioneers auction house claims that the device, which comes with a 1986 Panasonic video monitor, has only ever had two owners.
“It was originally purchased by an electronics professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Who then sold it to his student in 1977,” says an ad on the auction house’s website. at auction.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the student – who was not named – paid only $ 650 for it at the time.
This student is now going to make a pretty dime: a working Apple-1 that hit the market in 2014 was sold by Bonhams for over $ 900,000.
“A lot of people just want to know what kind of person collects Apple-1 computers and it’s not just people in the tech industry,” Cohen said.
Apple shot to success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but collapsed after Jobs and Wozniak left.
The company was reinvigorated in the late 1990s, and Jobs was brought back to the fold as chief executive.
He oversaw the launch of the iPod, and then the iPhone that changed the world, before his death in 2011.
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