A rare and exceptional example of the first Apple computer the Apple 1 sold today at Christies
for £133,250 / $212,267 / 156,169. The first personal computer with a fully assembled motherboard, the Apple 1 heralded the home computer revolution. Only about 200 examples are believed to have been produced, and the present example was sold at auction by a private collector complete with original box, instruction manuals and a signed letter from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. The other prominent co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, who designed and constructed the Apple 1, attended the auction. It was acquired by Marco Boglione, a private Italian collector.
A further highlight of the sale was an Enigma machine, the cipher machine widely used by the German army in World War II, which sold for £67,250 / $107,129 / 78,817. It was underbid by an internet bidder via Christies LIVE and acquired by a client bidding by telephone.
Julian Wilson, specialist for Books and Manuscripts, Christies London: At todays auction, we saw people studying the sale catalogue on their ipads using the Christies app while the auctioneer took online bids through Christies LIVE; it is a fitting illustration of how computers have revolutionised the world to have sold an Apple 1computer as an historic relic in Christies salerooms. This is the first time that an Apple 1 has been sold at a major international auction, and we are thrilled with the global interest and enthusiasm that we saw leading up to the sale, and with the price realised by this rare and exceptional piece of computing history.