A rare Apple 1 computer signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is about to be auctioned off where it could bring in a princely sum.
The rare computer, which was restored to its original condition in September, includes the original shipping box, user manual, and the “original Apple Cassette interface manual, which features the ‘logo Apple Computer Co. ‘ original “, according to the auction house RR Auction, which manages the sale.
“The Apple-1 is not only a marvel of early computer ingenuity, but the product that launched what is today one of the most valuable and successful companies in the world,” said Bobby. Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, in a press release obtained. by FOX Business.
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The bundle also includes a program from the UCLA 2005 event where Wozniak signed the box, with a picture of the current owner with Wozniak and a 1994 email from Wozniak about the computer.
“What makes this particular Apple-1 even more valuable is that the collector had the foresight to present one of the extremely rare original boxes to Steve Wozniak and ask the creator of Apple-1 to hold it in. his hands one last time, ”Livingston added.
While it didn’t ship with peripherals we take for granted today, like a monitor or keyboard, the Apple-1 was ahead of its time: it had a pre-assembled motherboard, unlike other computers.
Considering the condition of the computer, the signature and the fact that it has a box, which according to RR Auctions is “one of the few Apple-1 boxes and cards known today”, it has a presale estimate of $ 50,000. .
This isn’t the first Apple-1 to go up for auction recently. In 2019, the computer sold for almost $ 500,000, a far cry from the $ 650,000 experts thought they could sell.
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Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Ron Wayne co-founded Apple in 1977. Almost 50 years later, the company is the most valuable in the world, with a market capitalization of over $ 2 trillion.
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