Apple-1 prototype computer sold at auction for nearly $700,000

Designed in the late 70s by Steve Jobs, the Apple-1 was Apple’s first product released in April 1976.

Considered sold. The authentic Apple-1 computer prototype was sold at auction in Boston (Massachusetts) for 677,196 dollars (677,839.95 euros), reports Associated Press. It was an anonymous collector from the Bay Area (California) who won the bet on Thursday, August 18, according to RR-Auction, the auction house initiating the transaction.

“The Holy Grail”

The machine, which dates from the mid-1970s, was used in 1976 by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to demonstrate it to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of world’s first personal computer stores, says RR-Auction.

In 1976, the Apple-1s were among the first models of personal computers already assembled (with the components already soldered on the motherboard in particular) but were often sold without a case or keyboard.

“It’s the holy grail of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction to introduce the item. The prototype was kept in the garage where the company was founded, now owned by the adoptive sister of Steve Jobs, before being handed over by the latter to RR Auction about 30 years ago.

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