The computer that was responsible for kick starting the home computer industry, the Apple 1, recently went up for auction by the German firm Breker and sold for a record-setting $640,000. Released in 1976, a total of 200 Apple 1 computers were made by the then relatively unheard of tech startup Apple Computer. 36 years later, the computer that originally sold for $666.66 is a rare piece of technology history that doesn’t come cheap.
The name of the buyer remains unknown, but he or she obviously understood the value in this item. There are only two known Apple 1 computers left in complete working condition. Earlier in the year, the other working Apple 1 sold for $374,000 in a New York auction, but what made this one in Germany even more unique was the complete set of accessories included.
Over half a million dollars may seem like a ridiculous amount to spend on a computer in 2012, but for some techies, it’s a small price to pay to own a piece of computer history made by the tech geniuses Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.