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Apple-1 Auction Nets $905K for First Personal Computer Sold

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In this 2010 file photo, Apple Computer co-founder and philanthropist Steve Wozniak pauses while speaking at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Discovery Forum in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 06:49 AM

An Apple-1, the first personal computer to ever be sold, was auctioned off Wednesday to The Henry Ford Museum for a whopping $905,000.

The auction house, Bonhams History of Science auctions in New York, reported that the Apple-1 was hand-built by company co-founder Steve Wozniak in the garage of Steve Jobs' parents. Released in 1976, it is one of roughly 50 surviving units, only 15 of which are operational.

"The opportunity to acquire an Apple-1 is a rare one, given their low production numbers," said Kristen Gallerneaux, curator of communication and information technology. "The likelihood that a unit as complete as this will come up for auction is slender."

According to NBC News, the sale is a record setting one, blowing past the $300,000 to $500,000 predicted sale range. The previous sales record for an Apple-1 was $671,400, sold at an auction in Germany last year to an anonymous entrepreneur from Asia.

This unit's winning bidders plan to put the PC on display for the public in due time.

"When acquiring artifacts for The Henry Ford's Archive of American Innovation, we look at how the items will expand our ability to tell the important stories of American culture and its greatest innovators," explained Patricia Mooradian, president of Henry Ford.

"Similar to what Henry Ford did with the Model T, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people with the creation of the Apple-1, completely altering the way we work and live. The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but it is a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution."



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