A copy of the first Apple computer, made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976, was sold today for $ 374,500 at Sotheby’s in an auction also offered first editions of books or manuscripts of figures like U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
“This computer is the birth of Apple, not just in theory but also as a physical product,” told the director of Books for Sotheby’s, Richard Austin, referring to one of the fifty computers that are preserved in the world of that first batch of 200 set by Jobs and Wozniak, and that once sold for $ 500 each.
Over 35 years later, this computer, one of only six of those days that still work, and includes curiosities like the original cassette interface and basic user manuals, reached a price of $ 374,500.
This prototype was presented by both computer in the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto (California) in 1976, and only Paul Terrell, owner of a chain of stores called Byte Shop, he became interested in the artifact.
I ordered an order of 50 that Jobs and Wozniak produced in thirty days, and the merchant went on sale for $ 666.66 unit.
“This is the first computer you could type so that the letters appear on the screen, which was a technological revolution, but now is to be presumed, and is the beginning of the computer age in which we live , although at the time seemed more an eccentricity, “said Austin.
He noted that his pieces, which were created separately and are now assembled in various electronic devices, are the beginning of the long line of iPhones, iPods Cases that have become the legacy of the Apple brand, which the second fiscal quarter of 2012 recorded a net profit of 11.622 million dollars and entered 39.186 million.
In addition, a handwritten report of Jobs that dates from 1974, when he worked for Atari, which gave instructions with diagrams to a superior, Stephen Bristow, on how to improve a football game for PC, totaled $ 27,500.
In this auction, which also included first editions of literature and manuscripts, highlighted the $ 152,500 to be paid for a batch of 114 letters written by President Eisenhower to his wife, Mamie, between 1940 and 1952.
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