$671,400. It seems like rather a lot of money for any personal computer — and especially for one that is too out of date to run the latest software.
Except that the computer in question is an Apple-1, the bare-bones machine that Steve Wozniak designed and Steve Jobs marketed in 1976, shortly before they devised the groundbreaking and wildly popular Apple II. As the New York Times’ Steve Lohr reports, an auction house in Cologne, Germany, sold it today to an anonymous entrepreneur from the Far East.
The Apple-1 is a rare computer, no doubt: Wozniak and Jobs sold only a few hundred of them at most in the first place, at the famous list price of $666.66. But when I wrote an article on collectible PCs in 2007, the going rate for an Apple-1 was a relatively affordable $15,000 to $25,000. It’ll be interesting to see if…
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