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Original »Apple 1 Computer«, 1976; 24 November 2012 - Auction

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Published on Oct 24, 2012

Specialty Auction on 24 November 2012
at AUCTION TEAM BREKER, Koeln/Cologne,
Germany (www.breker.com)

Original »Apple 1 Computer«, 1976
This is the sensational 1st product of today's highestvalued
company (approx. 600 billion US$) ever. -- The
»Apple 1« was designed and built by Steve Wozniak in
the famous 'electronical heaven' of "Silicon Valley",
USA, and was marketed in April 1976 by Wozniak and
Steve Jobs through an electronics retail chain, the 'Byte
Shop', which bought the first 50 units. -- The »Apple 1«
was always delivered as a motherboard only and is seen
here with the very rare original 'NTI' sign. The peripheral
equipment such as power pack, keyboard, monitor
and cassette recorder had to be obtained personally by
the user. »Apple« never offered a housing; every user
had to make his own. -- The »Apple 1« was the 1st PC
in the world with monitor and keyboard access! -- The
peripheral items are authentic and correspond to the
motherboard; the power pack has the same 'transformer'
which was on the market in 1976 and which was
recommended by »Apple«. The keyboard is a 'Datanetics
ASCII' always suggested by »Apple« for the »Apple
1« and later also used for the »Apple 2«. -- The monitor
is a b/w video control set by Sanyo as normally used by
»Apple 1« owners. -- The cassette recorder, recommended
by »Apple«, is an original 'Panasonic 2102
Recorder'. -- Only 200 examples of the »Apple 1« were
ever made. According to the top-rated 'Apple 1 Registry'
by Mike Willegal, today there are only 43 sets in
existance worldwide, but just 6 of these are in fullyworking
condition, and the example offered here is
one of those! We prepared a 7-minute video demonstration
which you can find on YouTube.com/Auction
TeamBreker -- The demo shows the direct input into the
WOZ-monitor: The »Apple 1« did not have an operating
system, just a so-called "monitor" program which provided
the interface between keyboard entry -- CPU --
memory and monitor exit. Any more sophisticated software
system -- like 'Basic' -- had to be loaded on cassettes.
Therefore, a cassette-interface-card was required
which was offered by »Apple« optionally. The present
set contains a modern replica card and the software
cassettes are authentic reproductions too. -- 'Basic' was
available for the »Apple 1« at the beginning of 1977
only. In February 1977 »Apple« changed their first logo
depicting Isaac Newton under a 'paradisical' apple tree
to the one which is still used today. The documentation
('Apple 1 Manual') included here still shows the primary
logo; this documentation copy corresponds with
the original one and the manual and schematic plan
show the original signatures of Steve Wozniak. -- To
date, the only fully-working »Apple 1 set« in very similar
condition as this one here, was auctioned in New
York in June 2012 for US$ 374,500.- (http://www.
macrumors.com/2012/06/15/functioning-apple-1-sellsfor-
375000-at-sothebys-auction/) -- The provenance of
this »Apple 1« unit has been known of and documented
since 1993. The former vendor has framed and numbered
this set and 3 others. -- The current vendor has
offered to set up, install and put it into operation anywhere
in the world in exchange of his expenses. -- This
»Apple 1« set on offer here is 100 % authentic and in
full working condition! -- Already a legendary milestone
from the dynamic dawn of the personal computer
age!

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