“An original Apple computer motherboard sold for $374,500 at a rare auction this morning, more than double the expected price,” Scott Austin reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“On the face of it, the slim, green board of circuity and components doesn’t look impressive by modern-day standards,” Austin reports. “But the fully functional motherboard was built by Apple’s legendary co-founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and it’s the brains of what became the first ready-made personal computer, the Apple 1, in 1976.”

Austin reports, “And as the auction house Sotheby’s notes, fewer than 50 Apple 1 computers are believed to exist today, with only six in working condition including this one. Sotheby’s didn’t disclose who sold the computer at Friday’s auction, but did say the owner will help assemble the computer to get it up and running. No word yet on the buyer. Sotheby’s officials had expected the Apple 1 to sell for $120,000 to $180,000. Another one sold at a 2010 auction in London for $212,267. The sticker price in 1976 for the Apple 1: $666.66.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]