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

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.
Written by Ben Woods, Contributor

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.

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