It’s difficult to overstate the influence Apple Inc. has had on the world in its 40-plus year history. Stop for a moment and look around the space you’re currently in. There’s a good chance you’re near an Apple product. There’s an even better chance you’re reading this story on an iPhone, MacBook or some other device created by the California company.
In 2018, Apple became a $1 trillion company. That had never happened before in the United States. But its beginnings couldn’t have been more humble. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, 21- and 25-year-olds respectively, and both college dropouts at the time, founded the company in Jobs’s parents’ garage in 1976. They brought along a guy named Ron Wayne to act as the adult of the operation, but he left before the ink could dry on the partnership documents.
Things were not always smooth. Wozniak left the company in the early ‘80s, and the late Jobs would spend more than a decade away from Apple before returning and making it into the company it is today. But they were always revolutionary when it came to product design and functionality.
That reputation means Apple has gained quite a few enthusiasts over the years, some of whom are willing to shell out fortunes to own some of the company’s earliest products — and even the founding paperwork. We found 15 items that have been sold over the years for incredible amounts of money. Let’s find out what they are.