ONE OF THE few remaining motherboards from the legendary Apple-1 computer has gone up for auction.
The machine, without its keyboard or case, is still expected to raise a ridiculous amount for its seller, such is its iconic status. Hipsters, eh?
The sale is part of a larger auction entitled 'History of Science & Technology' taking place in New York. Lots include a 1936 television, which delivers a charge of 5,000 vaults, yet only has a teeny-tiny screen, and part of what is believed to be the last supercomputer designed by Seymour Cray himself.
Also included is a 1936 prototype Enigma coding machine.
Bonhams, which is conducting the auction, has previously sold one of the Apple-1 motherboards to the Henry Ford Foundation for $905,000.
Since then, a complete, working model, said to have been personally made by founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a garage, sold for a more modest $365,000 - still a fair whack more than is original for sale price of $666.66.
The Bonham's machine has a starting price of $300,000, with some suggesting it could make as much as $500,000.
The item sat on the shelf of a computer shop for decades, after it was traded in the 1980s for a cash register, according to owner Tom Romkey, whose surname suggests his vocation was predestined.
Experts believe that this could be one of the original batch of 50 machines that Jobs and Wozniak made to order for a single client to start the business, because it lacks any of the logos seen on later models.
The device has been shown to be in working order, and excitement is growing because it appears no one knew this particular Apple-1 even existed.
Bonhams touts its authenticity in this video on its website. Apple-1s pop up from time to time and more than any other computer cause a stir. In March, one came up on Ebay that was believed to have been touched by the hand of Jobs.
Another one turned up in June, after a woman, not knowing what she had, chucked it in the bin.
Nevertheless, given the choice, we'd rather have the eighties cash register. µ
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