Apple's first computer sold for £130,000

One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction for £133,250 in Christie's auction house in London.

One of the first batch of Apple personal computers has sold at auction for £133,250 in Christie's auction house in London.

The Apple 1 was sold complete with its original box, instruction manuals and a signed letter from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple.

The Apple 1 was launched in 1976 and was the first personal computer to be sold fully assembled.

The computer was acquired by Marco Boglione, a private Italian collector. Only about 200 examples are believed to have been produced.

Julian Wilson, specialist for books and manuscripts at Christie's London, said, "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."

At the same auction, a set of papers from Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing was left unsold after bidding failed to reach the reserve price. Google had put forward $100,000 to help keep the papers in the UK.

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