price for one of the original (and still working) Apple-1
computers started at $116,000
and was expected to fetch somewhere between $260,000 and $400,000 when Christie’s put it on the block in Germany. Instead, it set a record: $671,400, or about $520,000 euros.
The previous record, according to the New York Times, was set at an auction of another working Apple
-1 last year at $640,00. (We’ll resist the urge to make an “Apple tax” joke here.)
Originally, the Apple-1 sold for $666.66 back in 1976 (or roughly $2,700 when adjusted for modern-day inflation). It’s possible that there were only 200 Apple-1’s ever made, and reportedly only 50 or so still exist, which makes them rather rare. The fact that the last two still work is incredible.
The value also comes a bit from the mystique around Apple and its founders, Steve Jobs
and Steve Wozniak. Their company and technology went from garage-built prototypes to one of the biggest and most storied tech companies in the world.