In artifact from Apple 's ( AAPL ) history is expected to be auctioned for as much as $240,000 later this month, according to published reports .
Released in 1976, the Apple I is widely considered the first personal computer. Two hundred were built by hand by Steve Wozniak, the company's co-founder. Priced at $666.66, the Apple I was the catalyst of the home computer revolution.
Christie's auction house, which is conducting the November 23 sale, expects the computer will sell for $160,000 to $240,000 in part because these models are collectors' items. No more than 50 of them remain in existence.
Included for the winning bidder is the Apple I's original box, a cassette interface, and a signed letter from Steve Jobs, the other Apple co-founder and the current chief executive officer. The shipping box still indicates the return address is the home of Jobs' parents.
Apple mementos command attention and a lucrative market. This past October, The Mac Museum's owner sold vintage Macs for $10,000. [ Read more.. ]