Buying a piece of Apple history
One of Apple's first computers is sold in London.
One of the first computers from Apple (AAPL) was auctioned today at Christie's for $210,000. An Italian businessman and private collector made the winning bid.
This computer, the Apple I, carries some serious history. It debuted in 1976, and was the only personal computer to ship ready to use with a fully assembled motherboard, The Associated Press reports.
It sold for $666.66, and was discontinued a year later. Only 200 such models were made, the AP reports. Buying a computer for $667 and selling it for $210,000 more than three decades later? Not a bad investment, even when taking inflation into account.
The computer came in its original box and had a signed letter from Steve Jobs. But it wasn't in working condition -- a problem that the winning bidder is likely to fix. And it didn't come with a power supply, keyboard or display.
I got my first Apple computer, the Apple IIC Plus, in 10th grade -- and we held on to that thing for several years. If I was the sentimental type, I could buy it on eBay now for just $179.99.
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Bill Stiritz owns more than 5% of the company, and has experienced an estimated $145 million in paper losses on his investment.
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