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Could That Be a $671,400 Relic in Your Garage?
Posted By Patrick Kiger On May 29, 2013 @ 11:43 am In Bulletin Today,Technology | Comments Disabled
If you were one of the 200 or so people who bought an Apple-1 computer back in 1976 or 1977 and still have it on a shelf in the back of your garage, guess what? You’re in the chips. And we don’t mean microprocessor chips, either.
The technology news website ZDNet  reports that a surviving Apple-1, the computer giant’s first product, fetched a breathtaking $671,400 at a German auction. Other Apple-1s have fetched six-figure prices  in the past, but this particular one was especially sought after because it reportedly is one of just the half-dozen or so surviving Apple 1s still capable of booting up. It was snapped up by an unidentified collector from somewhere in the Middle East. According to an unofficial registry of Apple-1s  maintained by an antique-computing aficionado, there are at least 48 of the computers still in existence.
Here are some fascinating facts about the machine that helped launch Apple, which has grown since the 1970s into one of the world’s biggest and most successful companies .
Photo: Auction Team Breker
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 ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/apple-i-computer-fetches-671400-at-german-auction-7000015806/
 six-figure prices: http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/24/apple-1-computer-auctioned-off-for-over-211-000-winner-in-the/
 unofficial registry of Apple-1s: http://www.willegal.net/appleii/apple1-originals.htm
 Wendell D. Garrett: An Antique Expert’s 5 Most Interesting Appraisals : http://blog.aarp.org/2012/11/20/wendell-d-garrett-an-antique-experts-5-most-interesting-appraisals/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 one of the world’s biggest and most successful companies: http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/04/17/apple-loses-throne-as-worlds-biggest-company/
 Steve Wozniak: http://www.woz.org/
 Gordon French): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_French
 Walter Isaacson: http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Walter-Isaacson/dp/1451648537
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3cpgwcQCYc
 Technology Review: http://www.technologyreview.com/hack/407810/hack-the-apple-i/
 Apple II,: http://oldcomputers.net/appleii.html
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l8i_xOBTPg
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