Steve Jobs’ original Apple 1 computer prototype up for auction

A historic computer prototype that once belonged to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs has been auctioned off.

The 1976 prototype – which is called the Apple 1 – was hand-soldered by co-founder Steve Wozniak, according to RR Auction – a Boston-based auction house.

Jobs reportedly presented the Apple 1 to Paul Terrell, the world’s first personal computer store owner.

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The demonstration of the Apple 1 is said to have taken place at Terrell’s computer store which was called The Byte Shop, in Mountain View, California, and the demo led Terrell to request a fully assembled computer which would later be sold for $666.66.

Eventually, Terrell submitted a purchase order for 50 Apple 1 computers.

“It was the biggest episode in the company’s entire history,” said Wozniak, the computer engineer who designed the Apple 1 and Apple 2.

“Nothing in the following years was so great and so unexpected,” he told RR Auction.

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Apple has grown into a multi-billion dollar tech company with a market capitalization of $2.47 trillion.

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The current owner of the Apple 1 prototype has not been named, but RR Auction reports that the anonymous seller obtained it from Jobs around 30 years ago.

RR Auction said the prototype was soldered onto a “unique ‘Apple Computer A’ circuit board” and matched Polaroid photographs taken by Terrell in the 1970s.

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“The current state of the board provides insight into Jobs’ judgment of it: He viewed the prototype not as something to be entrenched, but as something to be repurposed,” the auction house wrote in its product list. “Several of the ICs were removed from their sockets, along with the microprocessor and other components, likely for use in early production Apple 1 computers.”

Although the prototype is missing parts and has visible cracks on its upper right side, RR Auction said the computer’s new owner can recreate components based on photographs captured by Terrell.

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The prototype auction will end on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. EST.

RR Auction estimates the prototype to be worth $500,000. So far, 15 offers have been submitted.

Steve Jobs' Apple 1 prototype

The Apple 1 prototype has seen slight wear and tear over the past five decades. (Photo courtesy of RR Auction/Fox News)

“There’s no Apple 1 without this prototype card – it’s the holy grail of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, in an email. -mail to FOX Business.

As of Monday, July 25, the main bid was $278,005.

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RR Auction spoke at length about the Apple 1 in June during an episode of Fox Nation’s “Selling History.”

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