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Apple I Computer Goes For $174,000

applei-101111Remember the Apple I computer that was to go up for auction?  Well sorry to burst the bubble, but if you were hoping to get your bid in, it’s a bit too late.  A version of Apple’s first computer, called the Apple I, was sold for 4,000 at an auction in London on Tuesday.

Marco Boglione, an Italian businessman and private collector, made the winning bid, which all in all came to 0,000 after tax, via phone Tuesday at Christie’s auction house in London, reported the Associated Press.  Beforehand, Christie’s thought the computer would go for anywhere from 0,000-240,000.  How much did the computer go for during its initial release in 1976?  A mere 6.66.

Only 200 of the original computers were made, and only 30 to 50 are said to still be existing.  The unit that was auctioned was said to be a “superb example” and came in its original box with a signed letter from Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

The other Apple cofounder, Steve Wozniak, who had hand-built each of the Apple I personal computers was in attendance at the auction.  He had offered to throw in an autographed letter in the lot.  Wozniak had told reporters that the auction was a historic moment for his work.

The Apple I wasn’t the only tech gem that was auctioned off.  According to the AP, it also included other items like an Enigma code-making machine and the writings of Alan Turing, considered “one of the founders of modern computing.”

“Today my heart went out as I got to see things auctioned off like the Turing documents and the Enigma machine – and the Apple I,” said the Woz after the auction.  “It was really an important step, (even though) I didn’t feel that way when I designed it.”

via AppleInsider

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(Image courtesy of Christie’s)