The Apple 1 (Photo : Apple)
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According to a news report published by the Associated Press, a vintage Apple computer -- "one of the 50 computers made by Apple founder and big boss Steve Jobs in his garage in 1976" -- has been sold at an auction for $905,000 on Wednesday.
The report also noted that it even surpassed earlier estimates and successfully went beyond more than $671,000, the amount that was paid in Germany last year.
A separate report published by Time magazine said that the vintage Apple 1, considered as "one of Apple's first-ever computers," was expected to be sold for at least $300,000.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak personally designed the Apple 1 in 1975, Time reported. That year, Wozniak, as quoted in the Time report, said that it was the "first time" that somebody typed using a keyboard while seeing it on the computer's screen.
Time described the auctioned Apple 1 as a "computing relic" that has its own keyboard and monitor. As of last month, it still works. The auctioned Apple 1, Time revealed is just one of the 63 listed "surviving authentic Apple 1." This is out of the 200 Apple 1's that were made.
Auction house Bonhams was cited in separate reports published by AP and Reuters saying that the winning bidder was The Henry Ford museum. Reuters said that the museum is planning to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
Patricia Mooradian, Henry Ford president, said in the Reuters report why they pursued buying the Apple 1. She said that it was not only Apple's "innovativeness" that pushed them but it is the idea that that particular device is considered as "a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution."
Meanwhile, Bonhams auction house specialist Cassandra Hatton, said that it "was not surprising" that the auction went well as "the provenance on the Apple-1 is excellent" and its "condition is outstanding," as reported by AP.
She also said in a statement cited by AP that they are "thrilled" to break the world record for its sale. She also said that they are "even more thrilled" knowing that the Apple 1 is now going to a "wonderful new home," pertaining to the Henry Ford Museum.
In 2012, another working Apple 1 was auctioned, a separate Reuters report said. It was sold for $374,500.
Other products that were auctioned were Charles Darwin's letter to a colleague, a vintage electrical keyboard, a 1905 Helmholtz sound synthesizer, among others, AP said.