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Apple-1 computer, 1976, for sale - (Lot 14)

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Published on Apr 14, 2013

Specialty Auction on 25 May 2013
at AUCTION TEAM BREKER, Koeln/Cologne,
Germany (www.breker.com)


Original »Apple 1 Computer«, 1976
This is the sensational 1st product of today's highest-valued company (approx. 600 billion US$). -- The »Ap-ple 1« was designed and handmade by Steve Wozniak in the famous "electronics heaven" of "Silicon Valley", USA, and was marketed in April 1976 by Wozniak and Steve Jobs through 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 as recommended by »Apple«.-- Only 200 examples of the »Apple 1« were ever made. According to the highly regarded "Apple 1 Registry" by Mike Wil-legal (www.willegal.net), today there are only 46 (!) sets in existence worldwide, but just 6 of these are in fully-working condition, and the example offered here is one of those! -- We prepared a video demonstration which you'll find on YouTube.com/AuctionTeamBreker. 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 inter-face 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, offered optionally by »Apple«, was required. This present set contains the original card and the original early "6502 micro processor" in rare white ceramic design! The software cassettes are authentic reproductions. -- "Basic" was available for the »Apple 1« at the beginning of 1977 only. In February 1977 »Apple« changed its first logo depicting Isaac Newton under a "paradisical" apple tree to the one which is still used today. The original »Apple 1 Man-ual« included here still shows the primary logo. -- To date, the only two fully-working »Apple sets« in compa-rable condition to the one here, were auctioned in 2012: by Sotheby's New York on 15 June for US$ 374,500. and on 24 Nov. by Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Ger-many for US$ 640,000 (€ 491,868.-). -- Today's »Apple 1« computer set is 100 % authentic and in fully working condition... and it is already signed personally by its inventor and manufacturer Steve Wozniak. -- Also enclosed is an original company letter from 1978 signed by Steve Jobs!! -- The »Apple 1« is already a legendary milestone from the dynamic dawn of the personal computer age .... and a legendary symbol for the 'American Dream', too!

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