Apple Inc. (AAPL) Vintage Computer Fetches $905,000 At Auction

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) computers are no doubt popular among people, but the popularity for the old vintage collection of Apple computers seems sky rocketing. In 1976, 50 computers were manufactured in Steve Jobs’ garage. Of those one was sold at an auction on Wednesday for $905,000. The winning bid came from the Henry Ford museum informed Bonhams auction house.

“The Apple-1 was not only innovative, but it is a key artifact in the foundation of the digital revolution,” Henry Ford President Patricia Mooradian said in a statement.

Apple vintage PC surpassed all estimates

The price at which the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) PC sold was not only higher than $671,000; the amount received last year in Cologne, Germany for an Apple-1 computer, but is also way beyond the expectations set before the sales. Price of the Apple computer was estimated in the range of $300,000 to $500,000. The motherboard is intact and it has a vintage keyboard and monitor. Bonhams informed that the computer had two tape decks and its power supply was contained in a wooden box. The computer will be displayed by the buyer ‘Henry Ford Organization’ at its museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

“The provenance on the Apple-1 is excellent and the condition is outstanding, so it was not surprising that it did so well,” the auction house’s specialist for the sale, Cassandra Hatton, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have broken the world record for its sale, and are even more thrilled that it is going to a wonderful new home at the Henry Ford Museum.”

Other items at the auction

The other items sold at the auction were a variety of goods including an electrical keyboard, a letter by Charles Darwin to a colleague about the sex life of barnacles. In his letter, Darwin said that he was interested in knowing more about the sex art of barnacles, and included questions like “were the specimens under water at times” and “if the recipient was in full vigor?” The letter was sold for $25,000.

The auction, also, sold a Helmholtz sound synthesizer from 1905. Besides these, a telescope from 1870, books and other documents and a number of globes, were also under the auction. A portrait of Bill Gates properly framed was also auctioned. This auction that took place in New York was the first of Bonhams’ concerned with science and technology items.