The first ready-made personal computer, an Apple 1, has sold for $374,500 at a Sotheby’s auction.
The computer, which came only as a naked motherboard, is reportedly one of only six working examples of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s first Apple hardware, according to The Telegraph.
Approximately 200 Apple 1 computers were built in 1976, with a retail price of $666.66, excluding case, keyboard, monitor or power supply. As standard, the computer had 4 kilobytes of memory and a 1 MHz processor.
By comparison to today’s standards, the latest iPhone has 512 megabytes of memory, and an 800 MHz dual-core processor.
The Apple 1 sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York for $374,500, much higher than Sotheby’s estimate of $180,000 and setting a new record for the computer’s sale price.
“When Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs presented the Apple 1 Computer to the Homebrew Computer Club in 1976, it was dismissed by everyone but Paul Terrell, the owner of a chain of stores called Byte Shop,” Sotheby’s stated in its catalogue for the auction.