Woman disposes of Apple computer that turns out to be worth $200K

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A recycling centre in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible item worth $200,000.

The computer was inside boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died, said Victor Gichun, the vice president of Clean Bay Area.

She didn’t want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it wasn’t until a few weeks later that workers opened the boxes to discover an Apple I computer inside.

Local media reported that it was one of only about 200 first-generation desktop computers assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne in 1976.

“We really couldn’t believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” Mr. Gichun said.

The recycling firm sold the Apple I for $200,000 to a private collection, and because the company gives 50 percent of items sold back to the original owner, Mr. Gichun said he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor.

cerdit : thehindu

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