Apple-1 Computer Sells for $387,750 at Auction

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While Apple itself is long gone from the line of profiteers to get a bite out of this latest sale, it's news nonetheless that one of its original computers, commonly known as Apple-1, was auctioned off today for $387,750.

The vintage tech product auction was run by Christie's, an art business and auctioneer with $5.7 billion in sales in 2011. According to a company press release, the computer was one of the first 25 Apple computers ever created, and it was designed and hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976.

According to the Associated Press, the computer originally sold for $666.66, while the pre-sale value for this computer was estimated at up to $500,000. Estimates put total Apple-1 computers still in existence at around 30 to 50.

While this latest auction doesn't break any online records (that goes to Edward Hopper's $9.6 million October on Cape Cod painting), Christie's noted that its vintage auction saw viewers from 96 different countries, with 77% making their first visit to the company's website.

As is common, information on the buyer was not made public.

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