Spectacular tech 'firsts' up for auction

POSTED: 06:21 AM PDT May 23, 2013    UPDATED: 06:52 AM PDT May 23, 2013 

A treasure trove of rarities, oddities and tech "firsts" has been brought together -- including an experimental 17th century mechanical calculator, a 108-year-old telephone and an incredibly rare, headline-grabbing Apple 1 computer -- to be sold at auction Friday in Cologne, Germany.

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Auction Team Breker

The SCELBI-8H was built around the first Intel 8-Bit microprocessor, and fell within the budget of an average person. It was available either assembled or in kit form. It was regarded as one of the first truly "personal computers."


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