How much do you think an original Apple device would cost? We aren’t talking here about the first generation iPhone or anything so modern and easy to find. No sir, we are talking about a computer which was made back when white flared suits were in fashion and giant gold medallions were a fairly sensible fashion accessory.
A Limited Edition Model
That’s right, we are talking about an Apple 1 computer from way back in 1976. It is thought that there are only 6 left in the world which are in working order. The specific one we are talking about just went to auction and it was one of a batch of only 50 made by Steve Jobs and fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In total about 200 Apple 1 machines were made. It is believed that less than 50 of them of still around, although the majority of them no longer work.
It was made in Jobs’ parents’ garage and has survived to this day to become a very collectable item. In fact, Bob Luther, who wrote The First Apple, called the Apple 1 the “holy grail of collectable technology”, which might just have been an ever so slight exaggeration.
Ok, so what about the original question, then. How much would you pay for an Apple computer with so much history? Well, if you aren’t willing to cough up over £400,000 then you are unlikely to ever own one.
This is because the model in question was just sold at an auction in Cologne, Germany for €500,000, which is about £428,000. The buyer is from Asia and the computer came along with the original monitor, a tape player, a keyboard and signed documents from Steve Jobs.