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

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Apple-1
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Most 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.
SCELBI-8H
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It 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.
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But 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.
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Unfortunately for Pascal, technology critics in the 1600s were just as harsh as the fanboys and girls of today - deeming it too expensive and unreliable.
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3D 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.
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In 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.
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Mechanical 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.
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Other 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.
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Both 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.
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Yet 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

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