One of the Apple’s first computers to be sold at auction


One of Apple’s first computers – which was designed by Steve Wozniak and assembled and tested by Steve Jobs – being one of the few surviving examples of Apple’s first computer in the world, is up for auction. It is working and could sell for as much as $600,000. It is offered with an Apple-1 Basic Manual, the Apple-1 Operations Guide, an original MOS 6502 programming manual and two Apple-1 software cassette tapes. Only 200 Apple-1s were made in total and 175 were sold for $666.66 in 1976. Jobs and Wozniak created the Apple computer in Jobs’ family garage. At that time it was sold as a kit, containing an Apple-1 “NTI” motherboard and an Apple Cassette Adapter in a koa wood case, as well as a Datanetics Keyboard Rev D, a 1986 Panasonic video monitor, an Apple-1 connecting cable and a power supply. There are only six examples of the koa wood Apple-1 case left, according to the auction house, John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, California.


The computer auctioned is known as the “Chaffey College” Apple- 1 because its original owner was a professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. The curent owner bought it in 1977 from his electronics professor. What makes it even rarer is the fact the computer is encased in koa wood , a richly patinated wood native to Hawaii.In February, an Apple-1 with a wooden case sold for over $1 million on eBay. The Apple-1 was discontinued in October 1977.