Earlier this month, a functioning Apple-1 auction block hit Christie's UK auction house. The machine was expected to collect as much as $ 630,000, with the auction house giving a range of $ 378,000 to $ 630,000.
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With the auction closed, Apple-1 has taken a final priced at around $ 471,000. It puts it near the bottom of the expected range but still has more than other Apple-1 devices sold recently. For example, one sold for $ 210,000 last year, but others have gone as high as $ 815,000.
The auctioned Apple-1 this month was originally bought by a man named Rick Conte in 1977 and donated to an ideal organization in 2009. In 2010, it was purchased for a private collection and later purchased by the people who now sell it in September 2014.
This Apple-1 was unique in several ways. It was built directly into a suitcase and fully functional, while the auction also contained a handful of accessories. The accessory party included several pieces of unique paperwork, the "extremely rare first handbook" published by Apple Computer, a Panasonic tape recorder, a Motorola microprocessor, and more. You can read the complete accessory on Christie's website.
It is believed to be around 80 Apple-1 devices that exist today, with Apple initially building around 200 of them. About 15 of those who exist today are in museum collections. It is unclear what the new owners of the auction auctioned through Christie's plans to deal with their unit.
To learn more about this Apple-1 auction, visit Christie's website for more information.
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