Tech historians, get ready to geek out.
An Apple-1 computer – one of the first 200 produced by Steve Jobs and Steve "Woz" Wozniak – is being put up for auction.
It may be a dinosaur now, but it's a wonderful change of story.
"Apple-1 was the first in the development of Apple products that would forever change the world we live in," said Bobby Livingston, Executive Vice President at RR Auction.
The RR auction puts Apple-1 up for sale on the online marketplace Invaluable. Both are Boston-based companies.
The computer, which still supports, will be shown to the press on September 5th at Invaluable Headquarters in Allston. The auction is scheduled to start September 25 in a "Remarkable Rarities" sale online and at WeWorks on Portland Street in Boston. The computer is part of this sale.
The original Apple-1
Bidding will start at $ 50,000, according to the online bid entry, with estimated cost of $ 300,000 to $ 400,000. But this Apple-1 – one of only 60 to 70 that remains – can darken the $ 1 million mark.
It was built in 1976 at Apple Computer Co. in Palo Alto, California
. It still has the original keyboard, says the auction house, and it has "never been changed." A video of the device is also created to display it in technology made by Artmyn, a Swiss company, which provides close-up, 360-degree view of the computer reduces the risk of errors. This technology will also be used to sell rare works of art.
A smartphone today has more computing power, but history will always show how Steve Jobs and Woz got a glimpse of the future and put it into production. It was designed by Apple-1.
What came next, still the world we live in: including Apple 2, Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, iPod, MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Mac Mini, Apple Watch and the wireless earplugs all keep in touch all the time.
It all started with Apple-1. The company is now valued at $ 1 trillion, with stock trading of more than $ 216 per share yesterday.
The company was published in 1980 at a listed price of $ 2.75 per share. It dropped below $ 2 a share when Jobs left Apple in 1985. The stock has been split four times to date – including a 7-for-1 basis, June 9, 2014.
Some doubted Jobs, and that personal computers would be similar ubiquitous as TV. They were wrong. Jobs returned to Apple in 1996 and the rest is history.
Let the bid begin.