“A German auctioneer will put a working Apple-1 computer on the block later this month, and expects the handmade computer to fetch between $261,000 and $392,000 at Thursday’s exchange rate,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“The record price for an Apple-1 was $640,000, paid last year in an auction also run by Breker, of Cologne, Germany,” Keizer reports. “On May 25, Breker will try to sell a different Apple-1, one of only six in working condition, the auctioneer said.”
Keizer reports, “Included in the May 25 lot is the original manual and a Jan. 19, 1978 letter signed by co-founder Steve Jobs. In the letter, written to the Apple-1’s original owner, Fred Hatfield, Jobs offered to exchange Hatfield’s Apple-1 for an Apple II 4K motherboard if Hatfield ponied up another $400. The 4K — as in ‘kilobytes’ — Apple II went on sale in June 1977 for $1,298.”
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