MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 22: The exterior of an Apple store photographed on March 22, 2022 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)
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This Apple-1 Computer Is The Most Expensive In The World
In 1976, Steve Wozniak unveiled his first hand-built prototype Apple computer during a Menlo Park Homebrew Computer Club meeting, and Steve Jobs immediately realized it was something that needed to be sold in mass to the general public. Jobs sold his Volkswagen van and Wozniak his HP-65 calculator, and the two started the Apple Computer Company.
While it might have been a "working computer," it certainly wasn't complete — the first Apple-1s were basically just a fully assembled circuit board with 60 or so microchips. The end user still had to provide the "case, power supply transformers, power switch, ASCII keyboard, and composite video display," according to Jeffry Norman's History of Information.
Wozniak and Jobs sold 200 Apple-1 computers, out of which several have been at auction. In October 2014, the Henry Ford Museum paid a whopping $905,000 for a "vintage keyboard with pre-7400-series military specification chips, a vintage Sanyo monitor, a custom power supply in a wooden box, as well as two vintage tape-decks," per Bonhams, making it the priciest Apple-1 computer ever.