POST SALE REPORT: APPLE 1 COMPUTER SELLS FOR £133,250 / $212,267 / €156,169 AT CHRISTIE’S

London

A rare and exceptional example of the first Apple computer – the Apple 1 – sold today at Christie’s for £133,250 / $212,267 / €156,169. The first personal computer with a fully assembled motherboard, the Apple 1 heralded the home computer revolution. Only about 200 examples are believed to have been produced, and the present example was sold at auction by a private collector complete with original box, instruction manuals and a signed letter from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. The other prominent co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, who designed and constructed the Apple 1, attended the auction. It was acquired by Marco Boglione, a private Italian collector.

A further highlight of the sale was an ‘Enigma’ machine, the cipher machine widely used by the German army in World War II, which sold for £67,250 / $107,129 / €78,817. It was underbid by an internet bidder via Christie’s LIVE and acquired by a client bidding by telephone. 

Julian Wilson, specialist for Books and Manuscripts, Christie’s London: “At today’s auction, we saw people studying the sale catalogue on their ‘ipads’ using the Christie’s app while the auctioneer took online bids through Christie’s LIVE; it is a fitting illustration of how computers have revolutionised the world to have sold an Apple 1computer as an historic relic in Christie’s salerooms. This is the first time that an Apple 1 has been sold at a major international auction, and we are thrilled with the global interest and enthusiasm that we saw leading up to the sale, and with the price realised by this rare and exceptional piece of computing history.

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Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

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Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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