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This Apple Computer That Steve Jobs Sold Out Of His Parents' Garage Just Went For $365,000

A press preview at Christies on December 5, 2014 displays The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, as part of the auction hous
A press preview at Christies on December 5, 2014 displays The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, as part of the auction houses inaugural Exceptional Sale in New York, taking place on December 11 at Rockefeller Center. Named after its first owner Charles Ricketts, this example is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented to have been sold directly by Steve Jobs to an individual from his parents garage. It is estimated at $400,000 600,000, the highest estimate yet for an original Apple-1 offered at auction. AFP PHOTO / Timothy A CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents' garage in 1976 for $600 sold for $365,000 at Christie's on Thursday.

The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs to an individual from the Los Altos, California family home, according to the auction house.

The price fell shy of Christie's estimate of $400,000 to $600,000 and was far less than the $905,000 paid by the Henry Ford organization in October for one of the computers. Fewer than 50 original Apple-1s are believed to be in existence of the few hundred originally produced

Also at the sale, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, with the help of various foundations and private donors, bought a Bacchic figure supporting the globe by 17th-century artist Adrien de Vries for $27.9 million, well in excess of the sculpture's pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $25 million.

The Rembrandt Society, the BankGiro Loterij, VSB fund, Mondriaan Fund and others helped fund the purchase.

"It follows the trend of masterpieces achieving outstanding prices," said Jussi Pylkkanen, global president of Christie’s and the auctioneer for the sale.

One of the expected highlights of the auction, which Christie's dubbed the Exceptional Sale, was withdrawn at the 11th hour when the estate of Joan Fontaine, who died aged 96 a year ago, pulled her best actress Oscar for the Alfred Hitchcock film "Suspicion" from the sale of her collection.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Tom Brown)