One of Apple’s earliest computers launched in 1976 sells at auction for £371,000

A 1976 generation Apple computer has been snapped up for £371,000 despite costing a mere £3,600 when it was first released.

The Apple 1 model, which is extraordinarily still functioning to this day, was bought at an auction house in London yesterday.

When it first hit US shelves more than forty years ago it cost $666.66 (£525) – equivalent to £3,500 in today’s money.

A 1976 generation Apple computer has been snapped up for £371,000 despite costing a mere £3,600 when it was first released

A 1976 generation Apple computer has been snapped up for £371,000 despite costing a mere £3,600 when it was first released

A 1976 generation Apple computer has been snapped up for £371,000 despite costing a mere £3,600 when it was first released

But even this staggering jump in value did not break the record of the largest ever sale of an Apple 1 as an edition was sold in the US three years ago for an eye-watering $815,000 (£640,000), according to the Mirror.    

The model, widely regarded as the first personal computer, has a minuscule 4KB memory and a 1MHz processor.

Designed by inventors Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, it was billed as an ‘extremely powerful system for anything from developing programs to playing games.’

Less than 200 Apple 1s were produced and it is thought only half of these untis are sill in existence.   

At Christie’s auction house yesterday, the computer was sold along with a standard printer and monitor, which were not Apple products. 

The model, widely regarded as the first personal computer, has a minuscule 4KB memory and a 1MHz processor

The model, widely regarded as the first personal computer, has a minuscule 4KB memory and a 1MHz processor

The model, widely regarded as the first personal computer, has a minuscule 4KB memory and a 1MHz processor

photo link

(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply