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The vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer auctioned by Bonhams in New York (Bonhams/AP)

The vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer auctioned by Bonhams in New York (Bonhams/AP)

The signature of Charles Darwin on a June 19 1876 letter (Bonhams/AP)

The signature of Charles Darwin on a June 19 1876 letter (Bonhams/AP)

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The vintage 1976 Apple 1 computer auctioned by Bonhams in New York (Bonhams/AP)

A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 has sold for 905,000 dollars (£565,000) at auction in New York City.

Bonhams auction house said the winning bid came from The Henry Ford museum. The final price of the Steve Wozniak-designed Apple 1 computer was far above the pre-sale estimate of 300,000-500,000 dollars.

The still-working computer has an intact motherboard, as well as a vintage keyboard and monitor.

The auction was Bonham's first sale in New York City of items connected to science and technology. Other lots included a letter by Charles Darwin to a colleague about the sex life of barnacles, and a Helmholtz sound synthesiser from 1905, the earliest electrical keyboard.

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