Sold! 1976 Apple-1 Auctioned In New York for $905,000

One of Apple Inc’s 1976 pre-assembled computer, the Apple-1 has sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York. The Apple-1 is living testimony to the long innovative journey of Apple Inc. and the evolution of personal computers. The computer was sold to The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display it in their museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Many news media including NBCNEWS have covered the story.

The Apple-1 computer is the first pre-assembled personal computer to come to market, heralding the dawn of the personal computer revolution. The story of its production and sale has become one of the most potent legends in 20th century history. Indeed, the story is perhaps just as famous now as the one that inspired the company name: Newton theorizing gravity under the apple tree.

Steve Wozniak had demonstrated his breakthrough design at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto and, with his high-school buddy Steve Jobs, obtained an order from Byte Shop owner, Paul Terrell, for 50 assembled boards to be delivered in 30 days. The Apple-1 was built by Wozniak in the Jobs’ family garage (or possibly Jobs’ sister’s bedroom). Approximately 200 units were eventually made, but this is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 with the PCB manufacturer unidentified on the front copper layer of the board. It also bears the inked number “01-0070” on the reverse, of unknown significance, though once conjectured to be a Byte Shop inventory number. More about this Apple-1 action can be found on the Bonhams auction page.

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