Apple computer released in 1976 as one of firm’s first ever PCs fetches £371k at auction

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Apple computer released in 1976 as one of firm's first ever PCs fetches £371k at auction



AN Apple superfan has picked up one of the firm’s first computers for £371,000.
The Apple I cost £525 when it launched in 1976 – the equivalent of £3,600 today.
Christies The Apple I cost £525 when it launched in 1976 – the equivalent of £3,600 today
It came as a kit with no casing, keyboard, or monitor, and had just 4kb memory.
It was the first PC to come with a fully assembled motherboard.
The sales blurb described it as “an extremely powerful sy­s­­­-tem for anything from developing programs to playing games or running BASIC.”
Only 200 units were ever made – with only half believed to have survived.
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak gave owners discounts to trade them in for the successor model.
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The example sold on Friday was in full working order and came with a manual printer, monitor, and keyboard.
Christie’s Auction house spokesman James Hyslop said: “This goes to show just how far Apple has come.”
In 2016 an Apple I was sold for £640,000.

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