The most expensive Apple Computer ever, an A1 that was hand built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak the founders of Apple, is set to go on sale at Christies in London, for between $159,800 and $239,700.This machine has three capacitors, 8 kilobytes of random access memory, a printed circuit board with 4 rows A-D, and an Apple-1 motherboard. The Apple-1 computer was built and sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founders, in 1976 for $666, at the time it had just about enough power to play pong one of the early PC games.
The New York Times said that this is one of the very first computers ever made by Apple and is considered the first personal computer. What separated this computer from others was the fact that the motherboard came pre-assembled, whereas home computer owners of the past had to fit and solder the parts together themselves.
It’s estimated that only 200 of these computers were produced and sold before Apple moved onto the next model, the Apple II.
The model number of the Apple 1 going on sale is 82. It was hand built by Steve Wozniak and then “despatched from the garage of Steve Jobs’ parents’ house – the return address on the original packaging which is being sold with the machine along with the original manuals, cassette interface and basic tape, early documentation and provenance, and a commercially rare letter from Steve Jobs.”