Working Apple 1 sells for record price at German auction

One of only six remaining working examples of the Apple 1 computer has sold at an auction in Cologne, Germany for a record price. The winning bid was submitted by an anonymous telephone bidder from the Far East and came in at €516,461 (£441,532/$667,883).

The Apple 1 sold in Germany was hand signed by Apple co-founder and the builder of the computer, Steve Wozniak. It also came with an original monitor, tape deck, keyboard and documentation that was signed by the late Steve Jobs.

The Apple 1 has been described as the "holy grail of collectable technology" and was sold at auction alongside an Apple Lisa-1 which went for a still impressive €34,000 (£29,000/$43,968). The Apple 1 originally sold for $666.66 and came as just a motherboard when released back in 1976. What about you Apple collectors out there, what's your most prized item?

Source: Sky News

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

jngmin00 says:

He should have sold it 10 years later xD

Growlingxtaco says:

I'd have to say my most prized apple item is the 1984 Macintosh my grandma gave me. That thing is ancient! But looks cool in the house. Lol

ungibbed says:

The only vintage hardware I have laying around is the "Pismo" PowerBook G3 and a first generation PowerBook G4 (complete with it's original box and such. My current MacBook Pro was the last of the "Jobsian" era of Apple and a absolute sign of perfection at every angle. It may still be a Penryn Core 2 Duo, but it still does an amazing job of keeping up to speed and it is the most favorite computer I've ever owned. Even going as far as buying the 27" ACD for it. It may not be the fastest anymore but I don't use it as often as I used to. Thanks to Steve Jobs greatest vision ever, the iPad. While I carry an iPhone 5 now, I'm sure that Steve in the afterlife is happy for now that his company despite it's stumbles and failed products (iPod Hi-Fi) over the years, will keep flourishing left in the right hands.

ZkiZZoiD says:

Me, just the first iPhone, waiting for it to be vintage. lol

matt_1987 says:

I download the "Scroll Web" app for my iPhone. Recommended!!!