A rare surviving first model of the Apple computer sold for $US374,000 ($370,000) at auction in New York on Friday.
The price for the stripped down, clunky device that bears no resemblance to today's sleek gadgets was more than double the pre-sale estimate, reflecting a two-way bidding war eventually won by an anonymous telephone bidder, Sotheby's said.
The Apple I computer was created by Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs and sold in 1976 at the birth of Jobs's career as the world's computer design guru.
The model auctioned in New York is believed to be one of six out of 50 surviving models that still works.
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