Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:18 pm PT (03:18 pm ET)
Functioning Apple I with original packaging could sell for $500KYet another working model of the first computer that Apple ever produced is going on auction, this time with its full packaging in a lot that could fetch north of half a million dollars.
Germany's AuctionTeamBreker, the group behind the record-breaking auction of another Apple I in December, is ,a href="http://www.breker.com/Read%20More/">now offering yet another Apple I, this time from among the first batch of 50 computers for Apple's first client, the Byte Shop. "No. 46," as Breker's site calls the device, is signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and it will come with its original software and its original box.
Each Apple I originally sold for $666.66, and Wozniak designed and built roughly 200 total units. Of those, only a few remain in functional condition today. Earlier this year, another Wozniak-signed model sold at Christie's for #387,000. The record was another working model, sold in December of last year for $640,000.
AuctionTeamBreker will sell the device on November 16 of this year. The team estimates that it will catch between $300,000 and $500,000 at auction, though its listing admits the total could go higher. The team is also offering a prototype Twiggy Drive Macintosh from 1983, signed by early Apple employee Daniel Kottke. That unit is expected to sell for between $50 000 and $90,000.
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