Remember that Apple-1 that was up for auction, the one that was expected to bring as much as $242,000 thanks to its pristine condition and hand-signed note by Steve Jobs himself?
Well, the skeptics said that similar Apple-1 units only sold for at most $50,000 – and while this one didn’t come in at the $242,000 price point that some people expected, it definitely came in way over the $161,000 starting bid: it eventually sold for $210,000.
That’s an incredible sum of money, no doubt about it. SlashGear reports:
The final bid was made by Italian businessman Marco Bodlione, a man who fancies himself a private collector and his brother (who was at the auction) â€œThe first time I had heard of the idea of a personal computer, it was from Marco,â€ Macroâ€™s brother Boglione said. He bought it â€œbecause he loves computers.â€
Also present at the auction was none other than Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer. He was kind enough to add an autographed letter to the lot (though itâ€™s unclear whether his letter went into this box or the greater lot of technology-related goods available at the auction.)
Here’s to you, Bodlione – I’m clearly in the wrong line of work!