Christie’s to auction former Apple employee’s Apple-1 personal computer
The Apple I, Apple’s first product, was sold as an assembled circuit board and lacked basic features such as a keyboard, monitor, and case. The owner of this unit added a keyboard and a wooden case. Steve Jobs began working on the Apple Lisa in 1978 but in 1982 he was pushed from the Lisa team due to infighting, and took over Jef Raskin’s low-cost-computer project, the Macintosh. A turf war broke out between Lisa’s “corporate shirts” and Jobs’ “pirates” over which product would ship first and save Apple. Lisa won the race in 1983 and became the first personal computer sold to the public with a GUI, but was a commercial failure due to its high price tag and limited software titles.
Even after one year of Steve Jobs death, Apple is rising high which becomes apparent from the sales figure which says over 17 million iPads were sold in last quarter. However, it’s not only the latest generation of Apple products that are selling, but also the early Apple computers created by the charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution Steve Jobs’ are selling for record prices at auction blocks. We have earlier seen the sale of one of the six existing and working Apple-1 computer for $374,500, double than its estimated price of $180,000 and the original Apple-1 motherboard with serial number ‘82’ for a price of $213,000.
This Apple-1 computer with serial number ‘22’ is expected to fetch a price between $79,000 and $126,800, when it’ll be offered at Christie’s sale of Travel, Science and Natural History including the Polar Sale to commemorate the Scott Centenary, on 9 October 2012.