It should come as no surprise that Apple products command premium price points, what with the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5k display selling at a base price of US$2,499 (RM8,186.35) — one Macintosh, however, managed to fetch a whopping US750,000 (RM2,456,887.50) and no, it wasn’t a limited or special variation of an iMac or Macbook but rather an Apple-1 computer.
The Apple-1 computer, built by Steve Wozniak and Steve jobs in the garage of Jobs’ parents is a sight that is hard to come by as only about 50 were ever built. As a result, one of the rare computers went for a US$750,000 (RM2,456,887.50) at the Bonhams History of Science auction in New York.
Originally projected to fetch a price between US$300,000 (RM982,755.00) to US$500,000(RM1,637,925), the Apple-1 computer exceeded the expectations of many.
The buyer, The Henry Ford American history attraction, a Michigan-based museum that displays innovative items throughout history is expected to pay a total of US$905,000(RM2,964,644.25) as a result of included auction fees.
Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford said that they factor in how big of an impact a particular item had on American culture. Mooradian went on to add that the Apple-1 went on to alter the way humans worked and lived and was an innovation at the time.
The sale of this Apple-1 computer beat a previous auction record of US$671,400 (RM2,199,405.69) at an auction in Germany in May 2013.