However, it is worth remembering that the history of the company with the bitten apple logo began to be written on April 1, 1976. It was then that three computer enthusiasts Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne united. The tidbit is that one of the most valuable companies to date was created in Jobs’ father’s garage.
It’s no secret that the three friends managed to sell the first computers even before the official founding of the company. In 1975, the first fifty computer models called Apple 1 were created in the said garage.
The famous Apple 1 was sold at auction for 20 million crowns
Another work brought 20 million
Although it looked more like a wooden box of wires than a computer, two hundred were eventually sold. Those who wished at that time could purchase it for 666.66 US dollars, which at the current exchange rate is 16,110 CZK. While money had a very different value back then than it does today, original car owners are now making millions out of it.
The same applies to the auction organized by RR Auction at the end of last week. One of the first Apple computers sold for $223,000, or 4.98 million crowns. This is not a record, for example, in 2014 the same model was sold for 20 million crowns, but it’s still a lot of money. Initially, the auction house expected to raise only $200,000 (4.47 million crowns).
The original owner, who is now putting the car up for auction, wished to remain anonymous. The juiciest part of this whole deal is that he didn’t buy the Apple 1 computer as new. He bought it second hand at a computer show in Framingham, Massachusetts. He himself actively used it throughout the 80s.
Before the auction, it was restored and returned to service. The fact that it was not in fully functional and original condition had a negative effect on the final price.