Apple's original computer built by Jobs and Wozniak sells for £300,000

The Apple-1 computer (pictured) was sold for almost £300,000 by John Moran auction house on Tuesday. Credit: John Moran

An original Apple computer - built by the company's co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak - has sold at auction for almost £300,000.

The Apple-1 computer sold at auction for $400,000 (£294,990) in the US on Tuesday. It was built in 1976, and only 200 of the devices were made.

The Hawaiian koa wood-cased computer was sold by Californian auction house John Moran. It was sold with two cassette tapes of its original Apple software, and a user manual.

Steve Jobs (left) and Steve Wozniak (right) set up Apple in 1976. Credit: AP

The device has only had two previous owners: a university professor, and a student he sold it to.

Before the auction, the computer was described as "the Holy Grail" for vintage electronics collectors, by a Los Angeles times journalist.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed Apple in 1976, alongside Ronald Wayne. The original Apple-1 computers sold for $666.66 - supposedly because Mr Wozniak liked repeating numbers.

However, the Apple-1 device is still well short of the highest price paid for the computer model. In 2014, Bonhams auction house in New York sold an Apple-1 for $905,000 - about £670,000.