THE finest known example of Apple’s first computer is up for grabs – but it will set you back a lot more than a new iPhone.
Made in 1976, the Apple-1 has all its original documents and records of phone calls between company founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.
It’s expected to fetch up to £262,000 at auction, in the tenth anniversary of the iPhone.
It is one of only eight working examples left in the world.
The Apple-1 was designed and built by hand by Wozniak in Silicon Valley.
He began marketing it along with Steve Jobs through the electronics chain Byte Shop in 1976, after the retailer bought the first 50 units.
In total, only 200 examples of the Apple-1 were ever made. They originally went on sale for £545, (US $666.66) as Wozniak liked repeating numbers.
It was the first PC that came ready to use with a monitor and keyboard, but would have been delivered as just the motherboard.
That meant customers would have to find their own power pack, keyboard, monitor and cassette recorder of their own.
This version comes complete with the necessary equipment to make it work, as well as proof of telephone correspondence with Wozniak and Jobs.
It also contains the original card and the original early 6502 microprocessor in a rare white ceramic design.
The card contains the software system Basic, which was only available for Apple-1 at the beginning of 1977.
The computer is being auctioned by Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany, on March 20.
The first Apple logo showed scientists Isaac Newton as a symbol in recognition of the binary system he was credited with inventing in the 18th century.
But Apple changed their logo in 1977 to the world famous apple with a bite taken out of it.
This was in response to the first advertising campaign run by their client, The Byte Shop.
This allowed them to use the slogan: “Byte into an Apple.”
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