Would You Pay $640,000 For This Computer?

Almost four decades ago, Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs worked together on creating the original Apple computer. That computer, the Apple I, looked nothing like the computers that we know today, and was actually hand built by Wozniak at the time. The Apple I, which retailed for $666.66, has now become a rare collector’s item; in fact, it is estimated that only 40 to 50 of these machines still exist.

As such, the Apple I has been auctioned for some hefty prices in the past. It is believed that the computer once sold for $50,000 at an auction in 1999, while another went for just over $42,000 on eBay back in March 2010. In November 2010, Christie’s auction house in London sold an Apple I for a whopping $210,000, partly because of the rare Apple documents included alongside it.

But none of those prices compare to what an Apple I went for at Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany last month. On November 24, the auction house sold a functioning Apple I computer for $640,000, a world-record price that may be held for quite some time. But with only six Apple I machines expected to be functioning in the entire world, perhaps that’s a premium you must pay to get your hands on one.


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