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How much would you pay for an original Apple-1 computer? If you answered anything less than $671,400, you clearly weren't part of the German auction that took place over the weekend.
The New York Times reported Saturday that a vintage 1976 Apple-1 computer wound up on the auction block in Germany this weekend, where it fetched a cool $671,400, including fees and taxes.
That makes the second time Auction Team Breker of Cologne managed to unload an Apple-1 for so much money, having sold another last November for "only" $640,000. Not bad for a computer that pales in comparison to today's models, and which originally sold for a mere $666.
The Apple-1 sold over the weekend comes from a retired electrical engineer in New Orleans, although there was initially some confusion that it came from a deceased '50s-era baseball player with the same name, Fred Hatfield.
Hatfield apparently sold the non-functioning computer to a unnamed man from Texas for $40,000, who got the Apple-1 working and even procured an autograph from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak prior to the auction.
Unfortunately, the buyer has chosen to remain anonymous, but they're now the proud owner of not only the computer, but also a letter dated Jan. 18, 1978, and signed by none other than Steve Jobs.
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