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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: June 16, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    Dust off your old tech: Apple I sells for $374,500

    Ciara O'Brien

    It may be a little less high tech than Apple’s latest announcements, but one of the company’s very first computers, the Apple I, has sold for a staggering $374,500 at an auction by Sotheby’s. At today’s exchange rates, that’s €296,173.

    It’s more than double what the auction house expected to raise from it – the guide price was  $120,000-$180,000 – and far in excess of the original price of $666.66.

    As you can see, it doesn’t look like much. A motherboard, without any fancy cases, keyboard or even a monitor.

    But this is from 1976, and it apparently is still fully working. And, most importantly, it still has all the manuals.

    According to the catalogue the price tag disn’t exactly appeal to Christians, who complained.  Only 200 were produced. Fewer than 50 Apple I Computers are thought to be still out there, and of these, only six are known to be in working condition. Including this one.

    So don’t ditch that old tech just yet…you never know when it passes from “rubbish” to “collector’s item”.