— the Cupertino-based tech giant's first computer which debuted in 1976 and kicked off what would eventually become the world's most profitable company — has been bought by an unidentified person for $365,000.
According to a Fortune
house Christie's sold the original and working Apple-1
computer at an auction
at its New York City office last week.
Although there were similar computers on sale from other manufacturers, Apple-1
came with a pre-assembled motherboard, which "put Apple far ahead of its competitors", according to Christie's auction
It is speculated that the recent Apple-1
sold at a lower price as it wasn't a "pure" machine with extras like a green case and a different computer chip.
In previous auctions, one Apple-1
sold for as much as $905,000 and another for $671,400.
According to Christie's, nearly 50 historic Apple-1
computers still exist, with many being displayed at museums around the world like at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.