The Apple-1 prototype, owned by Steve Jobs, put up for auction

The prototype of the Apple Computer A computer, which was owned by Steve Jobs, was put up for an online auction. Its price is impressive.

Hand-brazed by Steve Wozniak in 1976, an Apple Computer A circuit board was used by Steve Jobs to demonstrate the Apple-1 to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California. Byte Shop became the first Apple-1 retailer after Terrell ordered 50 fully assembled machines and sold them for $ 666.66 apiece. According to the register, this particular model is the second one produced and was once considered lost. The prototype was in the “Apple Garage” for many years before Steve Jobs handed it over to its current owner about 30 years ago. The board itself looks partially damaged.

The Apple Computer A prototype has been auctioned. It is expected to be sold for $ 500,000.

One of the distinguishing features of the Apple Computer A prototype was the use of three Sprague Atom capacitors, instead of the Big Blue used in the production of Apple Computer 1. Compared to other Apple-1s, the prototype has a different processor and lacks the green protective coating found in typical Apple-1 computers. Due to the rarity of the prototype, RR Auction expects it to be sold at a very high price despite the damage. The auction may go up to US $ 500,000. At the time of writing, the price is $ 278.005. The auction will run until August 19, 2022.

It is worth recalling that two months ago we wrote about the auction of a unique Apple-1 with a serial number, which was entered manually by Steve Jobs himself. That particular model was designated the “batch one” machine and is the seventh machine built according to the Apple-1 registry. Why are Apple-1 computers so valuable? Well, many of them were destroyed by the developers themselves, who ceased production of Apple-1 after the premiere of Apple-II and wanted all devices to be returned. The returned copies were later destroyed. In total, only about 200 were built.

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