A functional Apple-1 computer belonging to former Atari designer and Apple employee Joe Copson sold for $236,100 on eBay on April 24.
The lot is one of the earliest surviving specimens, preceding the example bought by the Henry Ford Museum for a record $905,000 last year.
Copson's brother explained: "Joey got it brand new from a shop down in San Jose called the Byte Shop. That's who he bought it through, but I'm almost sure it came to him via the mail, through a package�Ǫ
"He's opening it up and I'm going, 'Wow, this has got to be something really bitchin.' And he opens it up, oh, wow! But to him, he's almost bowing down to it, and I'm like, 'What are you so excited for?' He was like a kid opening up the best present he ever got at Christmas.
"It was as if you got the BB gun you always wanted. I remember when the Apple II came out, and he said, 'They'll give me a big discount if I trade in the Apple-1,' and he goes, 'No, I'm not going to. I don't care, I'm keeping the Apple-1.'"
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