First Apple computer sold for $400,000!

Apple 1, the first Apple computer made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, was sold for $400,000 at auction in the US. Jobs and Wozniak built 200 samples of the Apple-1.
| Updated on Nov 10 2021, 01:59 PM IST
The rare and functioning Apple-1 was encased in koa wood which adds more flavour to its uniqueness.
The rare and functioning Apple-1 was encased in koa wood which adds more flavour to its uniqueness. (AFP)

Supremacy of the first Apple laptop will always be alive! No matter if it is functioning or not or who will be its owner. Recently, a functioning Apple-1 computer that was built in 1976 by its founder Steve Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak, sold in an auction for $400,000 in the United States.

"Chaffey College" Apple-1 is one of the 200 Apple computers built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak when the company was established. Chaffey College seems like a weird name for a laptop, right? But its original owner was a Chaffey professor, on the basis of which it is named as the "Chaffey College Apple-1". It was discovered in the Rancho Cucamonga home of a former Chaffey student who had purchased it from the professor for $650 in 1977.

This Apple-1 computer not the most expensive and vintage one

The ancestor of today's hyped sleek Macbooks had been expected to get $600,000 when it went under the hammer in California. The fact that the computer is encased in koa wood, a beautifully patinated wood native to Hawaii, adds to its uniqueness. Only a few of the original 200 were manufactured in this way. Though, Apple-1 is not the highest-grossing computer at auction, as in 2014 another working version of the early computers of Apple that sold for $905,000 at a Bonhams for auction in New York.

The story of Apple takes you back to 1 April 1976, when Jobs Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne launched Apple in a garage in California. To establish and fund their startup, Jobs sold his VW Microbus, while Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. It is said that roughly 20 such early Apple computers are still operational around the world.

An expert of Apple-1 Corey Cohen told the Los Angeles Times ahead of the auction that, "This is kind of the holy grail for vintage electronics and computer tech collectors. That really makes it exciting for a lot of people." He further said that out of 200 early Apple computers, 175 were sold. Though, 60 Apple-1 units still exist, roughly 20 of which are still functioning.

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First Published Date: 10 Nov, 01:59 PM IST
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