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Original "Apple-1 Computer", 1976

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Original "Apple-1 Computer", 1976
This is the sensational 1st product of today's highest-valued company (approx. 600 billion US$). – The "Apple-1" was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak ("Woz"), in the famous "electronics heaven" of "Silicon Valley", USA. – In April 1976 three young entrepreneurs – Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne – founded the Apple Inc. to sell a new kit-form personal computer. Although the Apple-1 was not the earliest of the first generation PCs, it captured computer users’ interest in an unprecedented way. From home-grown origins in the family garage, Apple Inc. has developed into the world’s largest publicly traded corporation. This is its first and most iconic product. – Wozniak’s invention was world's first PC with monitor and keyboard access! It was delivered as a motherboard only, with the peripheral equipment such as power pack and cassette recorder supplied by the user. – As Apple-1 did not have an operating system, but a so-called "monitor program" that provided the interface between keyboard entry – CPU – memory and monitor exit, more sophisticated software system such as Basic had to be loaded on cassette. The cassette-interface card was offered by Apple as an optional addition. – This 1976 Apple-1 computer ensemble No. 01-0046 comprising: matte-green Apple-1 motherboard with gold-plated white ceramic 6502 microprocessor and "Woz" signature; original cassette interface card for loading Apple-1 BASIC programming language; custom-written modern BASIC software demo program cassette; Datanetics keyboard; Sanyo VM-4209 9-inch monitor; period Stancor transformer; original "Apple-1 Operation Manual" and "Cassette Interface Manual" in near mint condition; original white Apple-1 box with circular coding label and "Woz" signature. – In February 1977 "Apple" changed its first logo depicting Isaac Newton under a "paradisical" apple tree to the one which is still used today. The original "Apple-1 Manual" included here still shows the primary logo. – The handwritten No. 01-0046 places this unit amongst the first 50 ever handmade and supplied to Apple’s earliest customer, electronics retail chain the Byte Shop, in April 1976. Accompanying the lot is a color enlargement of a room in the Jobs’ parental home that shows a stack of identical white boxes. Steve Wozniak has suggested that the coding dots visible on the outside of each box (and present also on the one here) show that the board inside had been tested and was ready for delivery. An anecdotal story relates how Steve Jobs’ sister was paid $1 apiece to assemble the microprocessor and circuit chips. – From the well-preserved green finish on the motherboard, to the nearly pristine monitor and the almost unused original manuals, this early Apple-1 ensemble has been kept in excellent cosmetic and operating condition by its owner of the past thirty years. The motherboard, keyboard and transformer come with custom-made removable mounts for exhibition and storage. The motherboard and box have been personally autographed by Steve Wozniak (see catalogue photograph). The computer and all its peripherals are in full working condition. Only 200 examples of the Apple-1 were ever produced, very few have survived and even fewer are in the superb working condition seen here. Apple-1 No. 01-00046 is believed to be the only example in the world with its original box; it is the finest computer of its type to have been offered worldwide! – Literature: Bob Luther, "The First Apple". – To date, the only 3 fully-working "Apple sets" in comparable condition to the one here, were auctioned by Sotheby's New York on 15 July 2012 for US$ 374,500, the 2nd on 24 Nov. 2012 by Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany, for US$ 640,000 (€ 491,868) and the 3rd by same A.T.B. on 25 May 2013 for the current world reward price of US$ 671,000 (€ 516.461). – This "Apple-1" computer set is 100 % authentic and in fully working condition ... – The "Apple-1" is already a legendary milestone from the dynamic dawn of the personal computer age … and a legendary symbol of the "American Dream" too. * * * Watch & Listen on: YouTube.com/AuctionTeamBreker * * *

Original-"Apple-1 Computer", 1976
Das sensationelle erste Produkt des heute – nach nur 37 Jahren – wertvollsten Unternehmens aller Zeiten (ca. € 500 Mrd.). – Der "Apple-1" wurde von Steve Wozniak im "Silicon Valley, CA" entwickelt und gebaut und erstmals im April 1976 von ihm und Steve Jobs für $ 666,66 über die Elektronik-Ladenkette "Byte Shop" angeboten. Der hier angebotene "Apple-1" stammt aus dieser ersten Lieferung und trägt die Serien-Nr. 46! – Der "Apple-1" wurde nur als Platine ausgeliefert, hier mit der äußerst seltenen Original-Bezeichnung "NTI" und gold/weißem Keramik-Mikroprozessor 6502 sowie Signatur von "Woz" und höchst seltenem weißen Original-Karton, ebenfalls signiert von "Woz". Die Peripheriegeräte wie Netzteil, Tastatur, Monitor und Kassettenrekorder mußten sich die Käufer selbst besorgen. Ein Gehäuse hat "Apple" nie angeboten, jeder Besitzer konnte es sich nach eigenem Gusto selbst anfertigen. – Der "Apple-1" ist der erste PC der Welt mit Monitor- und Tastaturanschluß! – Das hier angebotene Set entspricht in absoluter Authentizität der Peripherie, wie sie von "Apple" empfohlen wurde. – Nur 200 Stück des "Apple-1" wurden je gebaut. Laut dem absolut führenden "Apple-1 Registry" von Mike Willegal (www.willegal.net) sind heute nur noch etwa 50 (!) Exemplare weltweit bekannt. Davon sind nur 11 Stück in funktionsfähigem Zustand, das hier angebotene Set zählt dazu! – Unser Demo-Video des hier angebotenen Sets finden Sie auf Youtube.com/ AuctionTeamBreker. Die Demonstration umfaßt direkte Eingaben in den Woz-Monitor: Der "Apple-1" hatte kein Betriebssystem, lediglich ein sogenanntes Monitor-Programm stellte die Schnittstelle zwischen Tastatureingabe – CPU – Memory und Monitorausgabe her. Ein höheres Betriebssystem – wie BASIC – mußte von Kassette geladen werden. Dazu benötigte man eine Cassette-Interface-Karte, die optional von "Apple" angeboten wurde. Die Software-Kassetten sind original. Ab Februar 1977 verwendete "Apple" das bis heute bekannte Apfel-Logo als Firmenzeichen. Das hier vorliegende Original-"Apple-1 Manual" zeigt noch das ursprüngliche Apple-Logo mit Isaac Newton unter einem "paradiesischen" Apfelbaum liegend. – Bisher wurden nur 3 voll funktionsfähige "Apple-1" verkauft: am 15. Juli 2012 bei Sotheby's in New York für US$ 374.500 bzw. am 24. Nov. 2012 beim Auction Team Breker in Köln für US$ 640.000 (€ 491.868) sowie ebenfalls bei ATB in Köln am 25. Mai 2013 für US$ 671.400 (€ 516.461). – Dieser hier angebotene "Apple-1" ist 100% authentisch und voll funktionsfähig ... – Der "Apple-1" ist bereits ein legendäres Highlight der großen und jungen Computer-Geschichte! * * * Watch & Listen on: YouTube.com/AuctionTeamBreker * * *

Condition

(2/2)
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Estimate €250,000 – €400,000
Starting Bid €180,000
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