Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s very first computer model was hand-built for ByteShop by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in Apple Co-Founder’s Garage. These computer models are considered to be artifacts by many and people are even ready to pay half a million dollars to get hold of these devices. In the modern age of smartphones, tablets, phablets and advanced desktops, one of the first built Apple computer, Apple-1 is all set to be sold at an auction on October 22 by Bonhams. Senior Books and Manuscript specialist at Bonhams, Cassandra Hatton displayed the first Apple’s personal computer on Bloomberg TV and talked about it.
Hatton mentioned that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s first personal computer built for ByteShop was the first affordable and workable computer made. It was sold for $666 at the ByteShops in the late 1970s. She mentioned that the model that they hold is one of the original models, hand made for ByteShop, which was confirmed by the number and security pin engraved on the mother board in the computer. She said that the numbers were put only on the machines that were sold by the ByteShop.
Hatton mentioned that there only 63 such machines in the globe and Bonhams hold one of that. She added that only 15 machines were shown to be fully operational in that last 14 years. She said that the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s computer with Bonhams is one among the 15 operational computers.
Hatton said that the machine shows the genius in Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. She added that the machine also shows the American Ingenuity. Bonhams will be auctioning the model that they hold and Hatton expects that the model might be sold for more than half a million dollars.
“We have seen quite an increase in the value. The last one that sold at auction was for $672,000 in Europe and that was also fully functioning Apple-1. If you get one that’s not functioning at all, it’s still at least $60,000 – $70,000,” Hatton said about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) first computer’s value.
As of 30 June 2014, Carl Icahn’s Icahn Capital Lp hold around 52.8 million Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares.