5:19 pm June 15, 2012, by Christopher Seward
Who knows? Maybe one day that old iPod you’re clinging to will be worth something.
A mothertboard from an original Apple 1 computer fetched $374,500 at a Sotheby’s auction Friday in New York. Fewer than 50 Apple 1s are believed to be around, with only six in working condition, the auction house said in a catalog, as reported by CNET. The winning bidder wasn’t identified, but the machine is one of the working ones.
The original Apple 1 sold for $666.66 – sans monitor, keyboard, case and power supply. Only about 200 were ever produced, according to CNET. The Apple 1 at Friday’s auction was expected to sell for $120,000 to $180,000.
The motherboard wasn’t the only thing in demand this week. A 1974 memo Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wrote to then-employer Atari on how it could improve a World Cup Soccer coin arcade game sold for $27,500 at Sotheby’s.
CNET said Jobs, only 19 at the time, wrote the memo to an Atari supervisor and it includes the address of a California commune where Jobs lived at one time. The missive was expected to fetch $10,000 to $15,000.
While he was at Atari, Jobs also employed Steve Wozniak, who would later join him in co-founding Apple. Jobs, 56, died last October of pancreatic cancer after stepping down from the company.
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