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Apple computer sold by Steve Jobs fetches $365,000 at Christie's New York auction
A press preview at Christie’s on December 5, 2014 displays ‘The Ricketts’ Apple-1 Personal Computer, as part of the auction house’s inaugural Exceptional Sale in New York, taking place on December 11 at Rockefeller Center. Named after its first owner Charles Ricketts, this example is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented to have been sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents’ garage. It was estimated at $400,000 – 600,000, the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY.


NEW YORK (AFP).- A 1976 Apple computer sold by Steve Jobs from his parents' garage fetched $365,000 at auction in New York on Thursday, falling short of its pre-sale estimate in a competitive computer relic market.

Christie's says the Apple-1 is the only surviving such computer documented to have been sold directly by the late Apple founder to a customer from the garage in Los Altos, California.

A spokeswoman told AFP that it sold for $365,000 but was unable to give any immediate details about the identity of the buyer.

Christie's had previously valued the computer at $400,000 to $600,000, highest pre-sale estimate for an Apple-1 at auction.

The Apple-1, the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold, is considered a vanguard of the personal computer revolution.

Prices have been on the rise for relics of computing history, which have been snapped up by institutions. 

In October, an Apple-1 built by Jobs's business partner Steve Wozniak sold for a staggering $905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York, bought by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. 

In 2013, Christie's sold another 1976 Apple-1 for $387,750 and in 2010 another for $212,267 in London.



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