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"This is a piece of history that made a difference in Nike Zoom Winflo 3 the world, it's where the computer revolution started," said Ted Perry, a retired school psychologist who owns the old Apple and has kept it stashed away in a cardboard box at his home outside Sacramento, Calif.
Another Apple 1 was sold last month for a record $671,400 by a German auction house, breaking a previous record of $640,000 set in November. Sotheby's sold one last year for $374,500.
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who joined forces with Wozniak to build computer prototypes in a California garage.
"I traded some other computer equipment I had for the Apple 1," he said.
The 11 by 14 green piece of plastic covered with a copper colored labyrinth of memory chips was one of the first 25 such computer elements, and sold for Nike Metcon Gamma Blue
He paid nothing for it; it was a swap with the owner.
About 200 were made but most have disappeared or been discarded. Various estimates put the number known to still exist from about 30 to 50. They came with eight kilobytes of memory a million times less than the average computer today.
An expert hired by Christie's recently came to Perry's home to examine the old Apple and try to turn it on. Only the Apple motherboard is original. A keyboard, monitor and a storage device in this case a portable cassette tape deck were added later.
As the first computers came on the market, Perry learned to program them. Then he approached Wozniak, who agreed to provide what the psychologist calls Apple's "internal code" so he could create interactive lessons for his students using the new technology.
An Apple 1 from 1976, one of the first Apple computers ever built and forerunner of today's MacBooks, IPads and IPhones, goes on the auction block at Christie's next week. The bidding starts at $300,000.
The latest auction at Christie's, "First Bytes: Iconic Technology from the Twentieth Century," is being conducted online only from June 24 to July 9. The Apple 1 is to be displayed starting Monday at Nike Zoom Kobe 1 For Sale
"This is the seed from which the entire orchard grew, and without this, there would be no Apple," said Stephen A. Edwards, professor of computer science at Columbia University. "I've been shocked auction prices got into the six digits. The market has just gone crazy."
Perry, 70, acquired his Apple 1 in either 1979 or 1980, as a second hand item he saw advertised.
the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, west of San Francisco.
At the time, he was working as a psychologist in a school in Carmichael, a town near Sacramento. While observing special needs children, he noticed that a teletype machine "made a huge difference" in how a deaf boy using it responded and learned.
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