Christies Auction House have the enviable task of selling an original Apple 1 Computer (Number 8). Boxed, complete with cassette interface, tape, typed and signed letter by Steve Jobs. Here’s the brief resumé:
APPLE-1 — Personal Computer. An Apple-1 motherboard, number 82, printed label to reverse, with a few slightly later additions including a 6502 microprocessor, labeled R6502P R6502-11 8145, printed circuit board with 4 rows A-D and columns 1-18, three capacitors, heatsink, cassette board connector, 8K bytes of RAM, keyboard interface, firmware in PROMS, low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits, video terminal, breadboard area with slightly later connector, with later soldering, wires and electrical tape to reverse, printed to obverse Apple Computer 1 Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976.
The lot is expected to sell for between £100,000 and £150,000. You know that someone with more money than sense is going to buy it, but the lot is undeniably sweet, and was in essence the birth of home computing.
If you are that person with more money than sense, or your name’s Stephen Fry, here’s the auction page.
*UPDATE: Finally went for £110,000 to a telephone bidder. Steve Wozniak was on hand to put his signature to the auction item.