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Southeby’s to auction one of first hand-built Apple I computers

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NEW YORK — There’s no screen, it was built in 1976, and the clunky design does not exactly recall today’s iPads, but the first Apple computer is expected to fetch up to $180,000 in New York.

Sotheby’s in New York is auctioning the rare piece of computer history, which actually still works, on June 15.

The Apple I computer was designed and hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and marketed by Steve Jobs at the birth of Jobs’s career as the world’s computer design guru.

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Sotheby’s called the computer “an exceptionally rare, working example with original Apple cassette interface, operation manuals and a rare BASIC Users’ Manual.”

“As the first ready-made personal computer, the Apple I signaled a new age in which computing became accessible to the masses,” Sotheby’s said.

The computer first went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66.

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