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Hand built Apple 1 heads for auction

Serial number 22 could fetch at least £80,000
Tue Aug 28 2012, 13:54
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A RARE ORIGINAL Apple personal computer, now known as the Apple 1 is heading for auction at Christies.

So exciting is the hardware that Christies reckons that it could draw as much as £80,000 when fanbois get a whiff of it. We reckon it could pull down a lot more though. orginal-apple-1-pc

The Apple 1 has the serial number 22 and comes from the estate of early Apple user Joe Copson. Since it was designed and hand built by Steve 'Woz' Wozniak, anyone who likes Apple, and we hear that there are a few of them out there, is likely to go ape at the auction and throw money in the direction of the auctioneer.

"This is the computer that started Apple, now recognised as the most valuable company in the world; its significance in making computer technology accessible for all cannot be undervalued," said James Hyslop, scientific specialist at Christies.

The money, anywhere between £50,000 and £80,000 or more is a lot more than the original Apple 1 PCs cost, which was $666.66. For that devilish sum you didn't even get a case, keyboard or power supply. As you can see from the photo here, this one comes with a case that is original, in as much as its been with the motherboard since the 1970s.

The auction happens on 9 October at 10:30am, so start saving your pennies. µ

 

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