Steve Jobs’ ‘Blue Box’ will go on display in Michigan

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Building and selling Blue Boxes was one of the first collaborations between Steve Jobs and Wozniak.
Photo: Bonham's

If you want to check out Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s first ever product, book your travel to Michigan now!

That’s because The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn has acquired a rare 1972 Blue Box in an auction in New York City, and will be displaying it soon. The illicit device, which pre-dates the Apple-1 by four years, allowed users to make free long-distance phone calls by reproducing specific dial tones.

Museum pays record-breaking $905,000 for Apple-1

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A working motherboard for the Apple I, one of the rarest personal computers ever made. Photo: Bonhams

An ultra-rare working 1976 Apple-1 computer — thought to be one of the first 50 ever produced — has sold at auction for an incredible $905,000, between twice and three times the expected asking price.

The computer was part of Bonhams History of Science auction in New York City. It sold to the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, a museum dedicated to showcasing the ingenuity and innovation that helped shape America.

The machine had been expected to fetch “just” $300,000 to $500,000.

“It’s very rare to be able to collect the beginning of something, but the Apple-1 is exactly that,” Henry Ford curator Kristen Gallerneaux told Cult of Mac, speaking after being onsite at the auction earlier today.