Home computing marvel, Apple-1, Apple’s first computer, is up for auction. The rare computer is a unique piece of history, since this was not sold to the public. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, two youngsters back in the summer of 1976, designed their first computer and then sold to a hawker. There is no known proof of any other similar PCB board to be ever sold to the public. Setting this apart for all other Apple-1 boards is the fact that this blank original-run board was not part of the first production runs. Now that computer is up for auction at Charitybuzz.com
The complete set, including documentation, cassette boards and marketing material is up for sale and if auctioneers are to be believed, the sale price might go upto $1,000,000. Dubbed as ‘Celebration’ Apple-1 by Computer historian, Corey Cohen, the computer is believed to be the origin of the PC revolution which was built in the home of Steve Jobs in Los Altos, CA. Out of the 200 hand-built by Steve Wozniak, not more than 60 still exist. The current highest bid stands at $270,000.
Cohen believes that the board is a ‘not just a piece of history, but a piece of art.’ The amount of buzz regarding the demand for the computer in the auctions goes on to show how important this was for computing history. The fact that this can still be improved by existing technology denotes how futuristic minds worked for this, and is an example in technological entrepreneurship.