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Steve Jobs' Apple 1 computer sells for $350,000

The Ricketts Apple 1 Personal Computer is the only Apple 1 computer known to have been sold personally by company co-founder Steve Jobs.

By Ben Hooper
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Steve Jobs' Apple 1 computer sells for $350,000
The Ricketts Apple 1 Personal Computer sold for $350,000 on Dec. 11, 2014, at Christie's auction house in New York. Photo courtesy Christie's

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- An Apple 1 computer sold by Steve Jobs from his parents' garage in 1976 fetched $350,000 at a New York auction.

The computer, dubbed the Ricketts Apple 1 Personal Computer after original purchaser Charles Ricketts, sold Thursday at Christie's for $365,000, short of the auction house's original estimate of $400,000-$600,000.

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The auction also included the $600 check Ricketts used to purchase the computer and a second $193 check he gave Jobs to program software for the Apple 1.

The seller, Bob Luther, told Computer World the final selling price "was a little disappointing," but still a hefty profit from the $7,600 he paid for the machine at a sheriff's sale in 2004.

The Ricketts Apple 1, one of fewer than 50 Apple 1 computers known to still exist, is famous for being the only known computer personally sold by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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