At the beginning of the month, we talked about a very rare functional model of the Apple I – the legendary original Apple computer built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a California garage – which was about to be put up for auction at Christie’s, London’s famous art house. Now, he left with an owner.
Auctioneers estimated that the piece could raise between R $ 1.5 million and R $ 2.4 million. In the end, the amount paid by the single buyer – who did not have his identity revealed – was more or less in the middle of that: the Apple I was purchased for £ 371,250, or about R $ 1.9 million.
It may seem like a fortune, but the money is far from the largest amount spent on an Apple I – a computer unit has already been sold, amazingly, for the equivalent of R $ 3.5 million a few years ago. It is certainly a considerable leap from the sale price of the machine in 1976: $ 666.66 (~ R $ 2,700).
Even with the “modest” price, it is good to remember that the Apple I recently purchased is a special model: in addition to being fully functional, it was mounted inside a case for easy transport (and secret, since you will not want to paint with such a machine in his hands). The package also features a Panasonic tape recorder, a Motorola processor and several rare computer-related documents, such as an original instruction manual signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne (Apple’s third co-founder).
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