An unnamed buyer has paid a massive £441,709 for one of the six remaining working Apple 1 computers, earning its owner a tidy £415,279 profit.
The auction began at the start of the month on German auction house LiveAuctioneers, ending weeks later on May 25, with the winning £441,709 bid being far more than the original £170,000-£256,000 projected price. The Apple 1 was the first ever PC made by the company, created by co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a garage.
The Apple 1 was reportedly broken when it was first picked up by an unnamed Texan owner, who bought it for a still hefty £26,430. Not content with just fixing it, the Texan further boosted the Apple 1's value by managing to get Wozniak to sign it. The signature clearly interested buyers, and it attracted the highest final selling price for an Apple 1 to date. The last two Apple 1s known to have been sold went for a still impressive £423,000 and £240,000.
Only 200 of the devices were ever made, only 40 of the original 200 are known to still be in existence and only six of those are still in working order. As well as being the first ever device made by the powerhouse tech company, the Apple 1 is also noteworthy from a technical standpoint, being the first ever PC to offer monitor and keyboard access.
It's certainly not the first time an Apple device has sold for more than the sum of its parts.
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