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Apple, Pascal and Enigma: 350 years of technology on sale

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image captionMost obsolete Apple products are worthless and confined to the back of a drawer - but not this. The Apple-1, built by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' parents' garage some 37 years ago, is up for auction later this month in Germany at Auction Team Breker.
image captionIt just one of many lots on show at Auction Team Breker, a selection of computers and gadgets spanning back more than a hundred years. Not all were commercial successes. Only 200 units were produced of this, the SCELBI-8H.
image captionBut the SCELBI-8H looks positively cutting-edge when compared to the Pascaline. Designed by French mathematician Blaise Pascal in 1642, it was the world's first mechanical calculator, paving the way for many more to come.
image captionUnfortunately for Pascal, technology critics in the 1600s were just as harsh as the fanboys and girls of today - deeming it too expensive and unreliable.
image caption3D printing may be all the rage in 2013, but this - patented in 1780 - was the first portable copying press, designed by James Watt, a man better known for his work with steam engines. Among its users was American president Thomas Jefferson.
image captionIn stark contrast to today's throwaway gadget culture, many of the lots on display were clearly built to last (even if at the expense of portability). This monster of a typewriter, created by Ford, is from 1895, and is worth up to $20,000.
image captionMechanical toys also feature in the auction, including this curious chap created in 1915. He sits, cross-legged, while a mechanical arms allow him to enjoy a cup of tea and a crafty smoke. Incredibly, by today's standards, the tobacco is real.
image captionOther Apple products on show include this beige breakthrough, the Lisa-1 released in 1980. The machine is one of the first to be controlled by a mouse.
image captionBoth Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were said to be heavily inspired by this beast - the MITS Altair 8800. Built using an Intel 8080 chip, it is said by many to have heralded the beginning of the PC age.
image captionYet of all the lots, it is this model - or rather, the cracking of its code - that changed history like none other. This Enigma machine is expected to be sold for $20,000-33,000. The auction takes place on 25 May. More information can be found at www.breker.com