APPLE 1 COMPUTER. Apple 1 Motherboard,

Sold for $905,000 in New York, 22 October 2014

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The Apple-1 computer is the first pre-assembled personal computer to come to market, heralding the dawn of the personal computer revolution. The story of its production and sale has become one of the most potent legends in 20th century history. Steve Wozniak had demonstrated his breakthrough design at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto and, with his high-school friend Steve Jobs, obtained an order from Byte Shop owner, Paul Terrell, for 50 assembled boards to be delivered in 30 days. The Apple-1 was built by Wozniak in the Jobs' family garage. Approximately 200 units were eventually made, but this is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 with the PCB manufacturer unidentified on the front copper layer of the board. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple-1s are listed in Mike Willegas's Apple 1 Registry as of January, 2014 and this example will be added to the registry shortly. Of those 63, only 15 are documented as having been successfully operated since 2000 and in this context, the state of preservation of this example is truly remarkable.

Cassandra Hatton
History of Science Specialist American

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