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28 August 2012  |  London, South Kensington   |  PRINT  |  PDF
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RELEASE: Former Apple Employee's Apple-1 Personal Computer on Sale at Christie's in October

Christie's South Kensington to offer Former Apple Employee's Apple-1 Personal Computer

South Kensington, London –

 

Christie’s is pleased to present the opportunity for collectors to purchase a rare original Apple personal computer, now known as the Apple-1, serial number 22, directly from the estate of Joe Copson, a former Apple employee. Realised in 1976 by the Apple Computer Company, the Apple-1 machine was designed and each model hand-built by Steve Wozniak. His friend Steve Jobs suggested a number of improvements, and handled its sale and marketing. The pair famously invested all they could to finance the first Apple creation, with Jobs selling his only mode of transportation, his VW and Wozniak his HP-65 calculator to generate enough funds for the project. When offered at auction within Christie’s sale of TRAVEL, SCIENCE AND NATURAL HISTORY including the Polar Sale to commemorate the Scott Centenary, 1912-2012 on 9 October 2012, the Apple-1 is expected to fetch between £50,000 and £80,000.

James Hyslop, Scientific Specialist, Christie’s

 

commented, "This is the computer that started Apple, now recognized as the most valuable company in the world; its significance in making computer technology accessible for all cannot be undervalued."

 

 

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Lot 71 Apple-1