Rare Apple 1 Computer sells for record $671,400

Apple 1

One of the oldest Apple Computers, the Apple 1, went on for sale on the 25th of May for the Apple addicts, who wanted to have this obsolete Apple device. The Apple 1 was expected to sell for $260,000, but actually it was sold at an auction for $671,400!!! Sotheby's estimates that only 50 of the 200 original units exist worldwide, and only six of those are known to be in working condition!

A German auction house called Team Breker auctioned the Apple 1 computer which is still in working order. The auction house was hoping to sell the computer for a sum somewhere between $260,000 and $400,000, but that almost doubled: $671,400. The Apple 1 Computer was owned by Computer Data Systems’ Fred Hatfield and it is signed by Apple's cofounder, Steve Wozniak.
Woz Signature on Apple 1 Computer
The Apple 1 Computer comes with the original manual, a circuit board with the name “Woz” on the back and a letter from Steve Jobs addressed to Fred Hatfield, in which Jobs offers to exchange Hatfield's Apple 1 for an Apple II 4K motherboard, but Hatfield has to pay an extra $400 for it. When the Apple 1 computer was released in 1976 it was sold for $666.66. But nowadays the popularity of vintage Apple devices is on the rise, and everything seems to have started about three years ago. AppleInsider writes that in 2010, a unit in a "superb" condition managed to reach $174,000 in a London auction. In June 2012, another working Apple computer was sold for $375,000 at Sotheby's auction in New York. Two months later, a non-working Apple 1 Computer headed to auction with a lower $125,000 estimate, and at the end of the year, in December, Breker sold a similar Apple-1 for an incredible record-breaking price of $640,000. To find out more about it, check out this YouTube video:
Published
May 07, 2014