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Vintage Apple computer sells for more than €500k

When new, the Apple 1 sold for $666.

Jeff Leff, 9, from Toronto at the Boston Computer show in August 1977. He is trying out one of Apple's first computer.
Jeff Leff, 9, from Toronto at the Boston Computer show in August 1977. He is trying out one of Apple's first computer.
Image: CM/AP/Press Association Images

THERE ARE JUST six surviving units from Apple’s first attempt at the personal computer. Some of them still work.

One of the functioning machines was sold in Germany yesterday for a record €516,000. Auction house Breker said it was bought by an Asian client who wishes to remain anonymous.

The 1976 model, dubbed Apple 1, was built by founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a family garage. According to the seller, it bears Wozniak’s signature and an old business transaction letter from the late Jobs was also included in the sale.

The Apple 1, which was sold for $666 in 1976, consisted of only the circuit board. A case, a keyboard and a screen had to be bought separately. See it in action here:

(YouTube: auctionteambreker)

Last November, another of the first editions sold for €492,000.

-Additional reporting by Associated Press

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