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Steve Jobs’ original Apple 1 computer prototype is auctioned off

Steve Jobs' original Apple 1 computer prototype is auctioned off
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A historic computer prototype once owned by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs has been auctioned off.

The 1976 prototype – which bears the name 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, owner of the world’s first retail personal computer store.

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

Eventually, Terrell placed an order for 50 Apple 1 computers.

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

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

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Apple has grown into a multi-billion dollar company tech company with a market cap 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 acquired it from Jobs about 30 years ago.

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

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“The current state of the board gives a glimpse of Jobs’ judgment on this: He saw the prototype not as something to be anchored, but as something to be repurposed,” he said auction house wrote in its product listing. “Some of the ICs were pulled out of their sockets, as was the microprocessor and other components, presumably for use in early Apple 1 computers.”

Although the prototype is missing parts and has visible cracks on the upper right side, RR Auction said the computer’s new owner will be able to recreate components based on photos taken by Terrell.

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The auction for the prototype ends Thursday 8/18 at 7pm EST.

RR Auction estimates the prototype to be worth $500,000. 15 so far Bids have been placed.

Apple 1 prototype by Steve Jobs

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 board – it’s the holy grail of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia,” Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction, said in an email to FOX Business.

As of Monday, July 25, the leading bid is $278,005.

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RR Auction spoke at length about the Apple 1 during an episode of in June The Fox Nation “Sales Story”.

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