Infrastructure // PC & Servers
News
11/24/2010
11:29 AM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Apple I Nets $213,600 At Auction

Rare computer sells to Italian businessman Marco Boglione.

19 Gadgets That Changed The World
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: 19 Gadgets That Changed The World

A rare Apple I was auctioned off this week for $213,600, a huge premium for the machine built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 that was offered to the public for $666.66.

Wozniak attended the auction at Christie's auction house in London, watching the bidding rise to levels he and Jobs could never have imaged in their wildest dreams. Wozniak, ever the gentleman, signed an autograph for the winning bidder, Italian businessman Marco Boglione.

The auction also featured the papers of computer pioneer and World War II code breaker Alan Turing, as well as a copy of the Enigma cipher machine that was utilized by Turing and other British intelligence cryptographers during the war. After reaching more than $300,000 in bids, Turing's papers didn't reach the minimum price set by the owner. An Enigma machine sold for $107,000.

"Today my heart went out as I got to see things auctioned off like the Turing documents and the Enigma machine -- and the Apple I," said Wozniak, according to the Associated Press.

Asked what his thoughts were about the Apple I, Wozniak said: "It really was an important step (even though) I didn't feel that way when I designed it."

The winning bidder of the Apple I is getting a "commercially rare letter from Steve Jobs," Christie's said, as well as manuals, a cassette interface card, a motherboard, and other components of the machine. Only 200 Apple I's were made.

Francesco Boglione, who attended the auction in the absence of his brother, said Marco Boglione bought the Apple I "because he loves computers."

The Turing papers were supported by an initial bid of $100,000 from Google, but the bidding stalled well below the amount that had been set for the materials. Turing, considered one of the world's most brilliant mathematicians, was a key player during WWII at Bletchley Park, where an early computer called the Colossus was used to break German wartime messages.

For Further Reading

Original Apple Computer Being Auctioned

Going, Going, Gone: Christie's Auctions Computer Artifacts

Wozniak To Developers: If You Know You're Right, Don't Stop

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Server Market Splitsville
Server Market Splitsville
Just because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 20, 2014
CIOs need people who know the ins and outs of cloud software stacks and security, and, most of all, can break through cultural resistance.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.