Apple's first ever computer was the Apple 1. There are few of these machines in existence and even fewer that are still functioning. This rarity probably explains why a working Apple 1 machine was sold for a price of a third-of-a-million dollars at the New York auction
According to the BBC
, around 200 Apple 1s were built, assembled solely by Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak
. The Apple 1 originally retailed for the amusing price of $666.66, because Wozniak liked repeating digits
. The first machines were sold in 1976.
At the time the company was called Apple Computer Company. It is now a multi-billion dollar
empire, called Apple Inc
The Apple 1 consisted of a circuit, for which the user needed to connect a keyboard and a television set. The Apple 2 was launched a year later in 1977.
At the same auction, a memorandum written by Steve Jobs, dating back to the time when he worked at Atari, sold for $27,500.