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Steve Jobs' Apple-1 computer prototype auctioned for nearly $700K

2022-08-19 19:15 by


An authenticated Apple-1 Computer prototype from the mid-1970s has sold at auction for nearly $700,000. A Bay Area collector who wishes to remain anonymous made the winning $677,196 bid on Thursday, the auctioneeer said.

The prototype was used by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976 to demonstrate the Apple-1 to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of the first personal computer stores in the world, Boston-based RR Auction said in a statement.

The auction description goes on to say that the "prototype resided on the 'Apple Garage' property for many years before being given by Steve Jobs to its current owner approximately 30 years ago," which is a long time. The handover took place after Jobs had left Apple and was about to begin his Pixar and NeXT adventure.

RR Auction confirmed the prototype's authenticity by comparing it to old Polaroid photos Terrell snapped of the computer in 1976, which were later published in Time Magazine. Apple computer historian Corey Cohen also confirmed the machine's legitimacy through a 13-page report.

Only around 200 Apple-1 computers were produced. Originally costing $666, they have since been auctioned off for huge sums.

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