Fully functioning Apple-1 computer on the block

The original Apple-1 motherboard unmodidifed since it was hand-built in Steve Jobs family garage in 1976

The original Apple-1 motherboard unmodidifed since it was hand-built in Steve Jobs family garage in 1976

Originally conceived by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as a bare circuit board-part of a DIY kit for hobbyists-the Apple-1 quickly became one of the first personal computers that did not require soldering by the end user.

The consigner paid $300 to the original owner, a co-worker who bought it at The Byte Shop, said Livingston.

A piece of computer history dating back four decades is about to hit the auction block and is expected to fetch a six-figure price.

However, that changed when Jobs successfully sold 50 Apple Is to a Byte-Shop in Mountain View, Calif., on the condition that they arrive already assembled.

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The record auction price for an Apple-1 is $815,000, established in 2016. In 1976 it sold for $666.

Another thing that makes this particular Apple-1 unique is that there aren't any modifications to the board. While you might not want to rely on it for your day-to-day needs, the Apple-1 - designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the 1970s - is fully operable. The most remarkable aspect of this Apple-1 computer is that it is documented to be fully operational: "the system was operated without fault for approximately eight hours in a comprehensive test", according to the auction house.

The set that is up for auction includes the Apple-1 board, an Apple Casette Interface (ACI), an operation manual, two ACI manuals, a "period surplus ASCII keyboard", a "period "open frame" Sanyo 4205 video monitor", as well as "a new period-style power supply with original Apple-1 power cable and connector" and cassette interface cables.

Pre-bidding for the rare computer starts on September 13, 2018 and continues until the live auction, which will begin on September 25, 2018 at 1pm ET (6pm BST).

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