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Thursday 17 April 2014

1976 Apple computer up for sale

An Apple 1 prototype computer, built in 1976 (AP/Christies Images Ltd 2013)

One of the first Apple computers ever built goes on the Christie's auction block in New York next week - and it could sell for half a million dollars (€322,000), or more.

The Apple 1 from 1976 is a forerunner of today's MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.

Ted Perry, a retired school psychologist from California who owns the old Apple, has kept it stashed away in a cardboard box. He said the green piece of plastic covered with memory chips is where the personal computer "revolution" started.

The board was produced by two college drop-outs - Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It first sold for 666.66 US dollars (now €430).

The Apple 1 will be offered online from June 24 to July 9.

Another Apple 1 was sold last month for a record 671,400 dollars (€432,472) by a German auction house.

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