A picture of the Apple 1

Image Courtesy of Charitybuzz

A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has been sold for $815,000 (R 11,705,758.80 based on the current exchange rate.).

Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built just 200 of the computers in 1976.

The model auctioned last week contains tell-tale signs that it is a prototype, probably made prior to its manufacturing run.

One computer historian says it is “one of the first, if not the first ever” Apple computer.

This “celebration edition” Apple 1 was expected to make $1m, but auctioneer Charitybuzz told the BBC that the final bid was $815,000.

That means it is not the highest-grossing Apple 1 computer – that distinction belongs to a rare working version that sold for $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York in October 2014.

You can read the original BBC News article here.

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