One of the first Apple computers sells for $400,000 The computer is one out of the 200 Apple-1 computers that were designed and built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.

An original Apple-1 computer sells for $400,000

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

A rare piece of computer history was auctioned off yesterday. An Apple-1 computer sold for $400,000.

COREY COHEN: What we have with the Apple-1 is sort of like the holy grail of vintage computer collecting.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Corey Cohen, who's an Apple historian, says the Apple-1 helped to launch the personal computer industry.

COHEN: Yes, it was the first product of Apple Computer, but it was the first commonly available computer that was intended as a computer that had a keyboard. Today - right? - computers have keyboards or - whether it's a virtual keyboard or a real one. So that was key.

INSKEEP: The first Apple PC was designed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

COHEN: You were guaranteed when you got home and you plugged it in, it worked. I know we take that for granted today, but it really wasn't a common thing back in the mid-1970s.

MARTIN: In 1976, an Apple-1 would cost you precisely $666.66. So the $400,000 auction price reflects an increase of 60,000%. That's how the market for vintage tech is going. If your old device is in perfect shape...

COHEN: Any of the surviving Apple-1s could probably be made to work. The question is, how original would they be? An analogy would be, sure, I could find, you know, a 1920s car, right? But would it have the original engine? Would it run just like it did back then?

INSKEEP: If an old device around your house is not in that kind of shape, no problem.

MARTIN: Just take a device you have now and set it aside for about 45 years.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "COMPUTER AGE")

NEIL YOUNG: (Singing) Computer age, computer age, computer age.

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