Apple sold by Jobs from parents' garage fetches $480,000 at auction

A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents' garage in 1976 for US$600 is seen in this undated handout picture courtesy of Christie's. The so-called Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its
A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents' garage in 1976 for US$600 is seen in this undated handout picture courtesy of Christie's. The so-called Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts and  sold on Dec 11, 2014, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs, then just 21, and is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars, Christie's said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - A 1976 Apple computer sold by Steve Jobs from his parents' garage fetched US$365,000 (S$480,000) at auction in New York on Thursday, falling short of its pre-sale estimate in a competitive computer relic market.

Christie's says the Apple-1 is the only surviving such computer documented to have been sold directly by the late Apple founder to a customer from the garage in Los Altos, California.

A spokeswoman told AFP that it sold for US$365,000 but was unable to give any immediate details about the identity of the buyer.

Christie's had previously valued the computer at US$400,000 to US$600,000, highest pre-sale estimate for an Apple-1 at auction.

The Apple-1, the first pre-assembled personal computer ever sold, is considered a vanguard of the personal computer revolution.

Prices have been on the rise for relics of computing history, which have been snapped up by institutions.

In October, an Apple-1 built by Jobs' business partner Steve Wozniak sold for a staggering US$905,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York, bought by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

In 2013, Christie's sold another 1976 Apple-1 for US$387,750 and in 2010 another for US$212,267 in London.