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Apple’s first computer fetches £133,250 at auction

'Apple I' snapped up by computer fan at Christie's

Apple I computer and accompanying literature

Back to basics: the Apple I had no case, screen or keyboard

One of the first Apple computers to be made has sold at auction for an eye-watering £133,250. Thankfully, the instructions were thrown in.

Built by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and one of only 100 produced, the Apple I went under the hammer at Christie’s auction house with Wozniak looking on. It was snapped up by computer fan Francesco Boglione. 

As well as the device itself, Boglione received the product’s box, instructions and a personal letter from Steve Jobs.

Fancy something a bit more up-to-date? See our review of the latest Apple laptops.

The Apple I lacks the sleek lines and design flair of more recent Apple products and, while it boasts a fully assembled motherboard – unusual in 1976, its year of creation – it doesn’t come with a screen or keyboard.

Its auction price may be more than 300 times that of Apple’s iPad but Boglione certainly isn’t getting better performance for his money. The Apple I runs on a 1MHz processor. At 1GHz, the iPad’s is 1000 times faster.

Boglione is reported to be planning to bring the Apple I back to working order before displaying it alongside other Apple products.

Also see:

  • Guide to buying the best laptop
  • First Look review of Apple TV


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