Category: Apple I

May 27, 2019 Off

An original Apple I built into a briefcase just sold for nearly $500k

By Jill T Frey


Most people wouldn’t think too much of a computer crammed into a briefcase — but if it’s one of the few remaining examples of the first computer ever built by Apple? That’s a whole different story.

An original Apple I from 1976 — as hand-built by Steve Wozniak — just sold for £371,260 (or roughly $471,000) in a Christie’s Auction. It comes set inside a leather briefcase, complete with a built-in keyboard.

So, why the briefcase? Because the Apple I didn’t come with a case of its own. $666 got you a board ready to hook right up to a TV and keyboard, but figuring out an enclosure was up to the buyer. At some point along the road, someone thought to mount this board in a suitcase. Hey, it’s portable!

It’s estimated that around 200 Apple I computers were made, the majority of which are … Read the rest