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Vintage Apple 1 computer sells for $905,000 US

A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 has sold for $905,000 US at auction in New York City.

Winning bid came from Henry Ford museum

A photo provided by Bonhams shows a vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer that was sold for $905,000 at the auction. Bonhams auction house says the winning bid on Wednesday came from The Henry Ford museum. (Bonhams/Associated Press)

A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 has sold for $905,000 US at auction in New York City.

Bonhams auction house says the winning bid on Wednesday came from The Henry Ford museum. The final price of the Steve Wozniak-designed Apple 1 computer was far above the pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.

The still-working computer has an intact motherboard, as well as a vintage keyboard and monitor.

The auction was Bonham's first sale in New York City of items connected to science and technology. Other lots included a letter by Charles Darwin to a colleague about the sex life of barnacles, and a Helmholtz sound synthesizer from 1905, the earliest electrical keyboard.

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