A completely operational first Apple computer sold at auction for an amount of $365,000. The computer that Apple’s founder Steve Jobs sold in 1976 out of the garage of his parents for $600 has sold Thursday at Christie’s for an amount 600 times bigger than the original price.
Named after the original owner of the computer, Charles Ricketts, the Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer is the only acknowledged Apple-1 survivor sold directly by Steve Jobs to a person from his family home in Los Altos, California, the Christie auction house claims.
The price was lower than the estimated $400,000 to $600,000 sum coming from the auction house and was by far a smaller amount than the $905,000 that the Henry Ford organization paid for one of the computers in October. There are fewer than 50 authentic Apple-1 computers believed to exist at this time out of the several hundred that were initially produced.
The previous owner of the Apple-1, Bob Luther confessed that he was a little let down by the selling price but said it was time for him to move on and that the sale of the computer was a good thing. He also said that owning the computer was an amazing experience for him and that he can’t complain. He then added that he is an Apple fan and owns a large amount of Apple stock which has been very kind to him over the years.
Out of the 50 Apple-1 computers believed to exist what made Luther’s computer especially rare was the fact that it came with a canceled check for the amount of $600 made out by the original owner of the computer, Charles Ricketts to Apple Computers in July 1976.
According to Bob Luther, the Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer was the only known sale that Apple made directly to a client. Most of the Apple-1 computers designed by the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak were sold to Byte Shop, an early computer retail store in California.
Corey Cohen, a techie who has been contacted several times by Christie’s to repair old computers, was brought in by the auction house in order of assessing the circuitry in the computer before the auction.