An incredibly rare, Apple 1 computer is to be sold at auction this Saturday in Cologne, Germany. Only 50 Apple 1 computers are thought to exist today and it could fetch a cool $400,000 if the bidding gets hot and heavy. Originally 200 of the devices were made, of which fewer than 50 are thought to remain — and only six in working order. The one that is going up for auction is in full working condition! The original price for the Apple I in July 1976 was $666.66 and the optional cassette interface board for storage was an extra $72. If you love computers, have half a million dollars and want a very rare collector’s item, this is for you! If you don’t have that much cash, you can buy a working replica for around $200 called the Replica 1.
The original Apple Computer, also known retroactively as the Apple I, or Apple-1, is a personal computer released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976. They were designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak’s friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer. The Apple I was Apple’s first product, and to finance its creation, Jobs sold his only means of transportation, a VW Microbus and Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500. It was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California.