London: Apple 1, the
first ready-made personal computer, is expected to sell for up to
$180,000 in an auction at Sotheby's, The Telegraph reported
The computer, consisting only of a bare motherboard, with
microchips and circuitry exposed, is thought to be one of only
around half a dozen working examples of Steve Jobs and Steve
Wozniak's first hardware.
Some 200 Apple 1s were built in 1976 and sold at retail for
$666.66 without a case, keyboard, monitor or power supply. The
computer had 4 kilobytes of memory as standard and a processor
running at 1 MHz.
By comparison, the latest iPhone has 512 megabytes of memory, and
a dual-core processor running at 800 MHz.
"When Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs presented the Apple 1 Computer
to the Homebrew Computer Club in 1976, it was dismissed by
everyone but Paul Terrell, the owner of a chain of stores called
Byte Shop," said Sotheby's in its catalogue for the auction, which
was scheduled to take place in New York Friday.