£50,000 Apple-1 PC headed for auction at Christie's

£50,000 Apple-1 PC headed for auction at Christie's

Summary: A piece of computing history is due to go for auction in London in a little over one month and is expected to fetch up to £80,000.

TOPICS: Apple, Hardware

An original Apple-1 PC is due to go under the hammer at London auctioneer Christie's in October — where it is expected to fetch a minimum of £50,000.

The device, with the serial number of 22, was — like the rest of the Apple-1 line — designed and built by Steve Wozniak while Steve Jobs took care of sales and marketing.

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An Apple-1 computer is scheduled for auction at Christie's. Image credit: Christie's

"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," James Hyslop, scientific specialist at Christie's, said in a statement on Monday.

The device, from the estate of former Apple employee Joe Copson, is expected to reach a final selling price of between £50,000 and £80,000.

In December 2011, Copson's Apple-1 was put on eBay with an initial starting price of $170,000 (£107,000) but failed to sell. When it first went on sale in 1976, the Apple-1 had an asking prices of $666, although it was later reduced to $475. Until the model was discontinued, around 200 Apple-1s were sold.

A working example of an Apple-1 (Copson's is reportedly missing the DRAM) was sold by Sotheby's in June 2012 for a record price of $374,500 (around £240,000).

The PC will be auctioned at Christie's in London on 9 October 2012.

Topics: Apple, Hardware

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  • cornering the market

    I've got an interested party on the line. They're calling from Korea.
  • LOL

    '...its significance in making computer technology accessible for all cannot be undervalued'

    Really? It seems eBay had something to say about that. The world wasnt interested so it gets remarketed for those who have more money than sense.

    I bet Woz is laughing...