Apple Sells First Computer For $815,000
A prototype of Apple 1 has been sold for whopping $815000, this is a computer which was built prior to the start of the actual production. Co-founders of Apple Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built just 200 of the computers back in 1976. One of the computer historians says it is “one of the first, if not the first ever” Apple computer.
While speaking to BBC the auctioneer Charitybuzz said this is a “celebration edition“ Apple 1 and expected to make $1million. Though the final bid was for $81500. 10% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, based in New York.
This auction failed to break the earlier highest bid of $905000 for a rare working version of Apple 1 at Bonhams auction in New York in October 2014.
There were around 80 bidders for the Apple 1 prototype as reported by a spokeswoman for Charitybuzz. Though she denied reports about a last minute $1.2million bid, which could not be accepted as it was delayed.
Now the proud owners Glenn and Shannon Dellimore wish to take the computer into schools and universities to help inspire young people.
Talking to BBC they said -“It is incredible to think that this was most likely the very first Apple 1, the unicorn or holy grail of computers, the original very first prototype.”
About Apple Computer 1
It is believed not more than 70 Apple 1 do exist. The machines were brought into the market for sale in July 1976 named as “Apple Computer 1” and were discontinued in October 1977. It was when the company moved its focus on producing Apple 2.
The “celebration edition” is different from the other Apple 1s as it was manually soldered onto a blank PC board, which suggests that it was not part of the two production runs of the device.
Mr. Wozniak was quoted by Charitybuzz as saying: “Only a few Apple 1s, on blank (not green) PC boards, may have been manually soldered, although I’m not sure of it.
“We arranged the wave soldering with the company that made the PC boards. But we may not have wanted to wave solder a run (of maybe 10 or more board) until we manually soldered one or two to debug them.”
In one of the promotional videos Apple historians Corey Cohen who evaluates the machine said that the celebration edition is “one of the first, if not the first, Apple computers because this appears to be one of the sample boards”.
The timestamp on the board also suggests it was made in the summer of 1976.
Apple was founded on 1 April 1976 in California by Jobs, Wozniak, and Ronald in a garage of Paul and Clara Jobs.
The trio unveiled their first major project Apple 1 computer at the Homebrew Computer Club – a hobbyist group in Silicon Valley.
Jobs sold his VW Microbus, while Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500 to raise funds for the machine’s production. Later Apple 1 went on sale in July 1976 at a price of $666.66.
Back then around 175 of the 200 units were sold, while the remaining units were destroyed. Two weeks after Apple’s formation, Mr. Wayne sold his 10% stake for $800.
The company’s annual revenue last year was $234bn.