It is considered to be a historic artifact by many in the computer-engineering world, and one of the rarest of all computer platforms, it is the Apple I. Christie’s has announced that it will be arranging the auction for the computer, which will carry a starting bid of $300,000.
The computer in question (pictured above) is both authentic and functional, well-funded parties will be able to bid on the historic machine until the auction closes on July 9, 2013. The computer in question isn’t in its original configuration. The owner picked up the computer three-years ago, and since then has added a monitor, keyboard and a tape-deck for additional storage. The main motherboard of the machine is authentic however.
What makes the computer such an important piece is that the original configuration was built and designed by the Steve Wozniak and the late Steve . The computer itself is from 1976, older than many of the consumers that are reading this article on iPhones, iPads and Macs. “This is a piece of history that made a difference in the world, it’s where the computer revolution started,” said Ted Perry, a retired school psychologist and owner of the machine. This according to the AP.
It is estimated that only 200 of the computers were built, many of which have been lost or destroyed forever. The standard memory for the machine was eight kilobytes of memory.