THE first Apple computer that company founder Steve Jobs sold from his parents garage is up for auction at 150,000. There were about 200 original Apple-1s launched in 1976 but most have long since byten the dust. They were the clunky forerunners of the iPod, iPad and iPhone and came with a tiny 8K memory - 524,000 times less than todays standard and barely enough to store one song. The historic example goes under the hammer at Christies in London later this month, highlighting a growing interest in early computer technology. It comes with original packaging, instruction manuals and a signed letter by billionaire Jobs - who is still head of the pioneering company. Early geeks had to part with the equivalent of 410 to buy one, even though it didnt have a monitor or keyboard. And few realised what a good investment it would be. Christies expert Julian Wilson said: This is the forerunner of so many of Apples latest innovations. It worked straight out of the box, which was the original concept. It is in pristine condition and has a letter from Steve Jobs advising which monitors and keyboards are best to use with it. Previously users had to put together their own motherboard, which required delicate soldering skills. But the Apple-1 - which is basically a high-performance calculator - arrived complete and ready to use. Now it is has become an icon in the booming market of old new technology. Mr Wilson said: It came with an extra cassette interface, which meant you had a read-write capability. At the time it cost $666.66, and the cassette interface was an extra 75. Steve Jobs sold them from his parents garage. There is a growing appreciation of the history of home computing - and this is where it all started. Mirror