Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Current price $413.50
Next week, an ‘antique’ computer built by Apple way back in 1976 goes on the auction block at Christie’s. The machine is an Apple 1, one of the first Apple computers ever built, and a forerunner of MacBooks, IPads and IPhones. Bids will begin at $300,000, with a pre-sale estimated value of as much as $500,000. The retired school psychologist Ted Perry, who owns the old Apple and has kept it in a cardboard box at his home outside Sacramento, commented that “This is a piece of history that made a difference in the world, it’s where the computer revolution started.” The device measured 11-by-14 inches, and was a green piece of plastic covered with a grid of memory chips above a labyrinth of wires, and was one of the first 25 computer elements, and sold at $666.66. About 200 were manufactured but most have since disappeared or have been discarded.