Vintage Apple computer sells for $668,000

The Apple l, the first Apple computer made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976, is seen on display at Sotheby's on June 8, 2012 in New York City.

And finally, what is a vintage Apple computer worth? That question was answered by the German auction house Breker over the weekend.

A 1976 Apple 1 sold for a record $668,000. The buyer was from Asia and asked to be anonymous.

The computer sold for only $666 back in the '70s. It was made in the family garage by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak -- and it's actually signed by Wozniak. It works apparently.

Well, for 1976 it works. The auctioneers says the machine's real appeal is as a symbol of the American Dream. Two dropouts with a superb idea, they said -- and now their idea is one of the richest companies in the world.

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