London: Apple 1, the first ready-made personal computer, is expected to sell for up to $180,000 in an auction at Sotheby's, The Telegraph reported Friday.
The computer, consisting only of a bare motherboard, with microchips and circuitry exposed, is thought to be one of only around half a dozen working examples of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's first hardware.
Some 200 Apple 1s were built in 1976 and sold at retail for $666.66 without a case, keyboard, monitor or power supply. The computer had 4 kilobytes of memory as standard and a processor running at 1 MHz.
By comparison, the latest iPhone has 512 megabytes of memory, and a dual-core processor running at 800 MHz.
"When Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs presented the Apple 1 Computer to the Homebrew Computer Club in 1976, it was dismissed by everyone but Paul Terrell, the owner of a chain of stores called Byte Shop," said Sotheby's in its catalogue for the auction, which was scheduled to take place in New York Friday.
First Published: Friday, June 15, 2012, 20:47