Apple I Sells for $210,000

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  1. cwstjdenobs
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    One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction in London for £133,250 ($210,000).

    The Apple I came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Apple co-founder and current chief executive Steve Jobs.

    The computer, one of only 200 of the model ever made, originally sold for $666.66 when it was introduced in 1976.

    It was bought over the phone at Christie's by Italian businessman and private collector Marco Boglione.

    Francesco Boglione, who was at the auction house on Tuesday, said his brother had bid for the piece of technology history "because he loves computers".

    Another of Apple's co-founders, Steve Wozniak, who was also present and agreed to add an autographed letter to the lot, said: "I'm very delighted for the gentleman who purchased it."[/p]

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    I knew Apple kit doesn't give much bang for buck but...
     


  2. trumpet-205

    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    $$_$$

    It prints money!!
     
  3. Infinite Zero

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    Only a mad Apple fanatic would buy that.
    Price is too damn high [​IMG]
     
  4. thegame07

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    It's not far off the other apple prices [​IMG]
     
  5. Rydian

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    The first batches were hand-made in one of their garages (forgot which Steve), so this isn't surprising as it is a historical piece.
     
  6. FullMetalMega

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    The computer, one of only 200 of the model ever made, originally sold for $666.66 when it was introduced in 1976.

    That explains everything [​IMG]
     
  7. mercluke

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    it was woz's iirc (he's the one that built them, i assume he'd have built them at home)
     
  8. nutella

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    I'm surprised it didn't sell for more.
     
  9. cwstjdenobs
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    cwstjdenobs Sodomy non sapiens

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    It was Woz's. Woz designed the I and II on his own. Steve wasn't (maybe still isn't, I don't know) interested in the actual electronics side of things. I think the major thing he brought to Apple was the business sense (ie how to be a complete bastard) and an obsession with calligraphy.

    Strange to see where they've ended up from where they started though. From selling Blue Boxes so people could explore, to making locked down as hell everything.
     
  10. wohoo

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    This is just sick! I have yet to find it even remotly worth it to go with any Apple product. But I guess everyone can't have the same opinion since everyone has got an iPhone or iPod.
     
  11. Infinite Zero

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    If you have an Apple collection, you might want to buy this to complete it [​IMG]
     
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    cwstjdenobs Sodomy non sapiens

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    Things where different way back when. Most of the time if you wanted a computer you where either a big company or had to make it yourself. Very high barrier for entry. Admittedly a lot of fun though. A lot of people cut there teeth on kits based around the 6502 or a Zilog chip.
     
  13. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

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    man peeps just love to waste $ whether it be on some 100 year old wooden chair, marble bench tops and bath tubs or this BS
     
  14. Totoy_Kamote

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    they just don't know what to do with their money...
     
  15. DeadLocked

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    And the tech isn't that far off the other apple products [​IMG]
     
  16. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

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    yeah waste it! i've always found these type of antiques and how they are valued is absurd same goes with art. [​IMG]
     
  17. ProtoKun7

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    So this is...what, 60% of the current RRP?


    [​IMG]
     
  18. Guild McCommunist

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    They are a piece of history. Any computer fanatic would love getting their hands on this. It's the first Apple computer and it's probably an interesting piece of technology to look at and work on.

    I mean I'm sure you waste money on video games, which is just a past time. Maybe people find collecting art or old computers is a past time. Expensive, maybe, but if they have the cash, then why not.
     
  19. injected11

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    This. Much more useless and pointless things have been purchased for far more...
     
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    Just in case anyone else wants to grab one there are 2 clones available

    The A-One The cheaper one involves assembly and supplying some IC's

    Replica 1