An original manual for the Apple-1, Appleâ€™s first computer, has sold for $12,296 in a Boston-area auction.
The original vintage Apple-1 Operation Manual issued by the Apple Computer Company circa 1976, 12 pages, features Appleâ€™s original logo on the front cover, designed by third Apple co-founder Ron Wayne and showing Isaac Newton seated beneath a tree, with a shining apple dangling overhead.
The Operation Manual provides instructions for getting the system up and running, using the system monitor, and expanding the system, and features an impressive fold-out schematic of the Apple-1 computer.
Also included was a page headed â€œ6502 Hex Monitor Listing,â€ for an innovative memory program devised by Steve Wozniak which is commonly called the â€˜Woz Monitor.â€™
The manual was expected to bring over $10,000 before it went up for auction. The winning bid was by â€œa technology entrepreneur from the northeastern United Statesâ€ who wants to stay anonymous, RR Auction said. The auction ended on Wednesday, July 10.
Although 12-page document had grid-shaped toning, a small tear, and a circular stain on the front cover, it was described as being in â€œvery good to fine condition.â€ The winning bid also grabbed a pair of glossy photos signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak â€” one featuring the Apple-1, the second Wozniak with fellow co-founder Steve Jobs.
Only about 200 Apple-1 systems were ever produced, and 175 were actually sold. Most were hand-built by Jobs and Wozniak. Around 65 original Apple-1 manuals are thought to still exist, making them even rarer than the computers they accompanied.