Rare Apple I computer sells for $ 210K

London: Its processor works 1,000 times slower than the Apple iPad, but the first ever Apple computer has sold for 425 times the price.

The Apple I, one of only 200 such models ever made, was sold today afternoon at Christie`s auction house in central London for 133,250 pounds (about USD 210,000.) It came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Steve Jobs, one of Apple Computer`s co-founders and the current CEO of Apple Inc.

When the Apple I was introduced in 1976, it was the only personal computer to come with a fully assembled motherboard, making it ready to use straight from the box - provided the user supplied a keyboard, power supply, and display, Christie`s said.

It sold for USD 666.66 and was available until it was discontinued in 1977.

Bidding on the Apple I came quickly, with the computer eventually going to Italian businessman and private collector Marco Boglione, who made his offer over the phone.

Marco`s brother Francesco Boglione, who attended the auction in person, told The Associated Press that Marco`s purchase was a testament to his love of computers.