The Ricketts' Apple I personal computer (photo credit: Christie's)

The Ricketts’ Apple I personal computer (photo credit: Christie’s)

It is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as being sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents’ garage in 1976.

And there is speculation that it could be sold for $1m (£626,904) at auction next month. Auctioneers Christie’s have put a guide price of $400,000-600,000 on the computer – although another Apple-1 reportedly sold for $905,000 last month.

The latest Apple-1 up for sale is also operational, one of a handful thought to survive, and has a fascinating story behind it.

It is named the Ricketts’ Apple-1 personal computer after its first owner Charles Ricketts, who paid $600 for it in July 1976 in Los Altos, California, according to a Christie’s press release.

Some 23 years later, the PC was acquired by entrepreneur Bruce Waldack, who had just sold his company DigitalNation. It was auctioned at a sheriff’s sale of his property at a self-storage facility in Virginia in 2004. The Apple 1 was then won by American collector Bob Luther.

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