The 1976 Apple I computer, built by Steve Wozniak and dispatched by Steve Jobs, is expected to fetch £150,000 at auction

Back in 1976 a new brand new and innovative company founded by a few bright individuals released a product that would go down in history as one of the most revolutionizing electronic ever manufactured. That company was Apple, one of today’s most profitable corporations in the world, and the respespective product was the Apple I.

The Apple I, one of only 200 models hand built by Apple co-founder Steve Wazniak, will be put up for auction in London on Nov 23 by the famous auction house Christies. The respective model, boasting eight kilobytes of memory and an eight-bit processor, batched at #82, will be sold complete with its original packaging and manuals, along with a letter from Steve Jobs himself.

“The first Apple computer, and the first personal computer with a fully assembled motherboard, heralding the home computer revolution,” reads the lot description.

“Introduced in July 1976, the Apple I was sold without a casing, power supply, keyboard or monitor. However, because the motherboard was completely pre-assembled, it represented a major step forward in comparison with the competing self-assembly kits of the day.”

The first Apple computer was sold for the biblical sum of $666,66, and now is expected to ganther at  least £150,000 on the Nov. 23 auction, which will see other significant computing memorabilia, including manuscripts, papers and documents written by Charles Babbage and Alan Turing, as well as parts from a World War II German Enigma cipher machine.

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