How much will this Apple-1 computer sell for?
A former Apple employee is putting a rare Apple-1 computer up for auction in October.
Only 200 Apple-1 computers were originally made, in Steve Jobs' parents' garage by Steve Wozniak's own hands. Way back in 1976 they shipped each one themselves and randomly chose a price of $666.66. The Apple-1 didn't even have a case, a screen or a keyboard - it was little more than a circuit board.
But with only 50 believed to still exist, original Apple-1 computers fetch big bucks at auction. In November 2010 an Apple-1 in its original packaging and with a signed sales letter from Steve Jobs sold for $210,000 (£133,250). The buyer said he would restore it to working order and put it in his collection of Apple devices.
Then in June this year a rare, operational Apple-1 sold for a record $374,500 (£240,929), a sign of just how keen buyers are to get their hands on Apple memorabilia since Steve Jobs passed away.
Now, a former Apple employee is putting his original Apple-1 computer up for auction. The system, serial number 22, is being made available from the estate of former employee Joe Copson to Christie's in London:
AN APPLE 1 PERSONAL COMPUTER
Palo Alto, 1976
the motherboard numbered on the reverse 01-0022 in black ink, printed circuit board marked Apple Computer 1 Palo Alto, Ca 1976 with 4 rows A-D and columns 1-18, three capacitors, heatsink, cassette board connector, keyboard interface, firmware in PROMS, white 6502 microprocessor; with Apple cassette interface card lettered G within triangle in black ink manuscript to reverse, and case containing circuitry for keyboard.
Although Christie's staff haven't had the system up and running, they believe it will be possible to restore it.
How much will this one fetch? Christie's estimate between £50,000 and £80,000, but as previous auctions show anything can happen. How much do you think it's worth?