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An extremely rare, fully functioning prototype for the first Apple Mac has emerged for sale for £140,000.<br />
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The groundbreaking computer was made in 1983 and is one of only two known surviving machines of this type.<br />
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It measures 13ins by 10ins and comes with an early 'Twiggy' 5.25ins disk drive as well as a keyboard and mouse.<br />
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However, the 5.25ins drive proved unreliable so a 3.5ins drive which was more robust and small enough to fit in a shirt pocket was chosen instead for mass production. Reportedly Jobs had all the existing 'Twiggy' prototypes destroyed - adding to their scarcity.<br />
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This example is going under the hammer with Bonhams New York, who are also selling the 1994 prototype for the Apple Videopad 2. The gadget, which is expected to fetch £14,000, is considered to be a very early precursor to the iPad that was introduced in 2010.