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Jun 16, 2012 at 10:29am IST

Rare Apple 1 computer to be auctioned

London: Apple 1, the first ready-made personal computer, is expected to sell for up to $180,000 in an auction at Sotheby's, The Telegraph reported.

The computer, consisting only of a bare motherboard, with microchips and circuitry exposed, is thought to be one of only around half a dozen working examples of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's first hardware.

Some 200 Apple 1s were built in 1976 and sold at retail for $666.66 without a case, keyboard, monitor or power supply. The computer had 4 kilobytes of memory as standard and a processor running at 1 MHz.

Rare Apple 1 computer to be auctioned

Some 200 Apple 1s were built in 1976 and sold at retail for $666.66 without a keyboard, monitor or power supply.

By comparison, the latest iPhone has 512 megabytes of memory, and a dual-core processor running at 800 MHz.

"When Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs presented the Apple 1 Computer to the Homebrew Computer Club in 1976, it was dismissed by everyone but Paul Terrell, the owner of a chain of stores called Byte Shop," said Sotheby's in its catalogue for the auction, which was scheduled to take place in New York Friday.

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