Bonhams held their inaugural History of Science auction last week, providing bidders with a retrospective of breakthroughs, discoveries and inventions. The auction's top lot was an Apple-1, one of the first pre-assembled personal computers on the market.

APPLE 1 COMPUTER. Estimated at $300,000 - $500,000. Bonhams APPLE 1 COMPUTER. Estimated at $300,000 - $500,000. Photo courtesy of Bonhams

The computer that sold is said to have been one of the first fifty produced in the original batch. Steve Wozniak built the computers himself in Steve Job's family home in 1976. The Apple-1 is credited to have started the personal computer revolution.

When it hit the market, the computer cost $666.66. Today, the Apple-1 had an estimate of $300,000 – $500,000 and sold for a grand total of $905,000. Along with the functioning computer, the winning bidder also took home a video of a speech given by Wozniak at the 1980 "Applevention" as well as equipment such as a motherboard, power supply and tape decks.

 

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