Apple’s original computer prototype unveiled "Steve Jobs" Sold at public auction

Auction house RR Auction has put up for sale an original Apple computer prototype designed by the late “Steve Jobs” as the first computer designed by the company.

The auction began on Friday, the 22nd of this month and will run until August 18. The current highest bid for a prototype was $229,755 and the auction value is expected to rise as it closes.

The device was hand-designed and welded by Jobs’ colleague Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976, and both partners used the prototype to get their first order from local computer store owner Paul Terrell, according to an auction listing.

“Few Apple artifacts are as rare, innovative, or historic as this Apple-1 prototype, which spent many years in the Apple Garage,” RR Auction said.

“Moreover, this model is the perfect embodiment of the symbiosis between Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Silicon Valley: a brilliant businessman, electronics engineer Einstein and the infrastructure in which he flourished,” the company added in its description.

Dom noted that the model was tested this year by computer expert Corey Cohen, and the circuit board matched photographs taken by Terrell and later printed in Time magazine in 2012.

The description of the old tool doesn’t specifically say if it still works, the prototype had minor stress damage and is missing the part that was there when it was first built.

Remarkably, over the following decades, Apple has grown into a global technology powerhouse, with a market value of nearly $2.5 trillion and one of the most valuable companies in the world.

Source: nypost