Entries in Christie's (3)


Paintings and Rare Diamond Sell at Auction for Millions

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You may still be counting pennies while the economy slowly recovers, but some folks are confident enough to spend millions on fine art and diamonds.  

A painting by abstract artist Mark Rothko was sold at auction Tuesday at Sotheby’s in New York City for $75.1 million dollars.

Rothko’s "No. 1 (Royal Red and Blue)" from 1954 was sold to a telephone bidder for $67 million -- $75.1 million with Sotheby’s fees.  Earlier in the evening at the same auction, a Jackson Pollock painting sold for more than $40 million.

Meanwhile, across the pond in Europe, a 76-carat colorless diamond was sold at Christie’s in Geneva Tuesday for more than $21.5 million, including commission.  

The price paid for the Archduke Joseph Diamond was more than triple the price paid for it at auction almost two decades ago.  Christie’s says the sale set a record price per carat for a colorless diamond.

The diamond came from a mine in India and was named after Archduke Joseph August of Austria.  The buyer wished to remain anonymous.

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Original Apple Computer Doesn't Find Buyer at Auction

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Apple surely doesn’t have a problem selling products these days, but apparently $80,000 was a bit too much for one of the company’s first computers.

Christie’s in London auctioned off one of the original Apple 1 computers Tuesday afternoon. Bidding began at $80,000 (50,000 British pounds), but the computer didn’t find a buyer at the auction, Christie’s confirmed to ABC News. The top bid was for 32,000 pounds (around $51,155).

“The future of the computer is in the hands of the consignor,” a Christie’s spokesperson told ABC News.

The computer was being auctioned off from the estate of Joe Copson, a former Apple employee, and according to the Christie’s overview and lot notes, this particular Apple 1 motherboard is numbered 01-0022 — indicating that it was the 22nd model ever made. Printed on the circuit board is Apple Computer 1, Palo Alto, CA 1976.

Computer history buffs know that the Apple 1 was the first computer ever made by Apple and was hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs’ garage. It was priced at $666.66.

By 1977, the year it was discontinued, the price of the computer had dropped to $475. It’s surely worth a lot more than that today, but apparently not quite 120 times its original price.

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First Apple Computer, Apple 1, Could Sell for $130,000

Tom Munnecke/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Apple manufactures some of the world's most coveted computers and gadgets, and now, you can own one of the originals for a hefty chunk of change.

On Tuesday, Christie's auction house in London is selling an Apple 1 computer -- the first built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. This rare personal computer comes from the estate of Joe Copson, a former Apple employee.

Introduced in July 1976, the Apple 1 was sold without a casing, power supply, keyboard or monitor. With only 200 put on the market, only six are believed to be functional today, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper reports a working Apple 1 was sold by Sotheby's in June for almost $375,000.  The computer up for sale at Christie's is not in working condition, but is estimated to fetch between approximately $80,000 to $130,000.

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