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Apple's Original Computer Fetches $500,000 at U.S. Auction

Apple 1 computer in koa wood case

The auctioned model's koa wood case was added by pioneering computer retailer Byte Shop.

Credit: John Moran Auctioneers

An original Apple computer built by firm co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs in 1976 has fetched $500,000 at auction in the United States.

The rare Hawaiian koa wood-cased Apple-1 — still functioning — is one of only 200 made and sold in kit form.

The computer has had only two owners, a college professor and his student to whom he sold the machine for $650, said John Moran Auctioneers, Monrovia, Calif.

The sale included user manuals and Apple software on two cassette tapes.

"This is kind of the holy grail for vintage electronics and computer tech collectors," Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen told The Los Angeles Times ahead of Tuesday's auction.

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