Later this month, one of the rarest specimens of hardware history will go up for auction: a working Apple-1. While most will people will never be able to afford to bid on it, this is a great opportunity to look at this beautifully ragtag machine before it disappears into someone’s collection.
In July 1976, Jobs and Wozniak built around 200 units and sold 175 of them. It was just the beginning of what would become the most valuable company in the world. Just getting a working model is rare enough but this one comes with some solid records of its provenance, including the original manual and documentation, the receipt for the motherboard and cassette recorder, and even a record of telephone conversations with Steve Jobs and Wozniak.
Those who purchased a kit back in ‘76 paid the religious-conspiracy-theory-inducing price of $666.66, but today, it will cost quite a bit more. A similar model in working condition sold in 2013 for $671,400.
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