Sotheby’s Is Auctioning The “First Apple”

On June 15 the rare piece of computer history – Apple l – is seen on display at Sotheby’s in New York .It has not a screen, but still works.

The Apple I was a personal computer released by the Apple Computer Company in 1976. They were designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. His friend – Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer.

The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 at a price of US$666.66, because Wozniak “liked repeating digits” and because they originally sold it to a local shop for $500 plus a one-third markup. About 200 units were produced. Unlike other hobbyist computers of its day, which were sold as kits, the Apple I was a fully assembled circuit board containing about 60+ chips. However, to make a working computer, users still had to add a case, power supply transformers, power switch, ASCII keyboard, and composite video display. An optional board providing a cassette interface for storage was later released at a cost of $75.

The Apple I’s built-in computer terminal circuitry was distinctive. All one needed was a keyboard and an inexpensive television set. In April 1977 the price was dropped to $475. It continued to be sold through August 1977

Apple dropped the Apple I from its price list by October 1977, officially discontinuing it.

“As the first ready-made personal computer, the Apple I signaled a new age in which computing became accessible to the masses,” Sotheby’s said.

In auction the first Apple computer is expected to fetch up to $180,000.

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