BOSTON — An authenticated prototype Apple-1 computer from the mid-1970s has sold at auction for nearly $700,000.
The prototype was used by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976 to demonstrate the Apple-1 to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of Apple’s first stores. world’s personal computers, Boston-based RR Auction. said in a statement.
A Bay Area collector who wishes to remain anonymous made the winning bid of $677,196 on Thursday, the auctioneer said.
“There’s no Apple-1 without this board – it’s the holy grail of Steve Jobs and Apple memorabilia,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR.
The map was paired with Polaroid photographs taken by Terrell in 1976, showing the prototype in use. It was also reviewed and authenticated by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, whose 13-page notarized report accompanied the sale.
The prototype resided on Apple Garage property for many years before being given by Jobs to the seller some 30 years ago.