Apple Computer hand-built by Steve Jobs can fetch up to $ 600,000 at auction

Apple Computer hand-built by Steve Jobs can fetch up to $ 600,000 at auction

The Apple-1 computer is encased in koa wood – a richly patinated tree native to Hawaii.

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An original Apple computer, hand-built by the company’s founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, went under the hammer in the United States on Tuesday.

The working Apple-1, the great-great-grandfather of today’s sleek Macbooks in chrome and glass, is expected to bring in up to $ 600,000 at an auction in California.

The so-called “Chaffey College” Apple-1 is one of only 200 made by Jobs and Wozniak at the very beginning of the company’s odyssey from garage start to megalithic worth $ 2 trillion.

What makes it even rarer is the fact that the computer is encased in koa wood – a richly patinated tree that is native to Hawaii. Only a handful of the original 200 were made this way.

Jobs and Wozniak mostly sold Apple-1s as component parts. A computer store that received a delivery of about 50 units decided to encapsulate some of them in wood, the auction house said.

“This is kind of the holy grail for collectors of vintage electronics and computer technology,” Apple 1 expert Corey Cohen told the Los Angeles Times. “It makes it really exciting for a lot of people.”

Auction house John Moran Auctioneers says the unit, which comes with a 1986 Panasonic video monitor, has only had two owners.

“It was originally purchased by an electronics professor at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, who then sold it to his student in 1977,” reads a listing on the auction house’s website.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the student – who has not been named – paid only $ 650 for it at the time.

The student now stands to earn a nice penny: a working Apple-1 that hit the market in 2014 was sold by Bonhams for more than $ 900,000.

“A lot of people just want to know what kind of person collects on Apple-1 computers, and it’s not just people in the tech industry,” Cohen said.

Apple ran towards success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but founded after the departure of Jobs and Wozniak.

The company was revived in the late 1990s, and Jobs was brought back into the fold as CEO.

He oversaw the launch of the iPod, and later the world-changing iPhone, before his death in 2011.

(With the exception of the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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