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Apple I computer sells for record US$905,000

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This sale looks to have bucked the trend in the most emphatic fashion, attracting a successful bid of US$905,000 and becoming the most expensive Apple computer ever sold.

Only around 200 of the Apple 1 computers were made and were the first personal computers to make it to market. Complete with a vintage keyboard and Sanyo monitor, the model sold is said to be part of a first batch of 50 and is one of only a handful in working order.

The computer was expected to attract bids between $300,000 and $500,000 but surpassed all expectations, ending up in the hands of a representative from the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.

"The provenance on the Apple-1 is excellent and the condition is outstanding, so it was not surprising that it did so well," says Cassandra Hatton. "We are thrilled to have broken the world record for its sale, and are even more thrilled that it is going to a wonderful new home at the Henry Ford Museum."

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