By Tom Paye
Working vintage computer smashes auction records in New York
A working vintage Apple-1 computer has been sold at a New York auction for $905,000, smashing a record set last year in Germany for the highest price ever paid for an Apple-1.
The computer, one of only 200 to ever be made, is among just 64 units known to currently exist. It is also only one of 15 Apple-1s that are thought to be working. The device is thought to have been built by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' family home back when Apple started in 1976 - around 50 were built when Apple operated from the garage of that residence.
Auction house Bonham expected this Apple-1 to fetch anything between $300,000 and $500,000, according to reports - making the $905,000 figure all the more impressive. It was bought by the Henry Ford organisation, which reportedly plans to display the relic at a museum.
"Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs put technology directly in the hands of the people with the creation of the Apple-1, completely altering the way we work and live," said Patricia Mooradian, president of organisation.
"The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but it is a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution."
The actual device is simply a motherboard, though with the computer came the famous wooden keyboard, as well as an owner's manual and an Apple-1 cassette interface. A power supply and vintage Sanyo monitor completed the $905,000 package.
Given that there are so few Apple-1 computers in existence, they routinely fetch high prices at auctions. Last year's record from Germany saw an Apple-1 go for $671,000, narrowly beating out the previous record, also set in Germany, of $640,000. Sotheby's in New York also recently sold an Apple-1 for $374,500.For all the latest mobile phone news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.