The managers of a recycling center in Silicon Valley are looking for a woman who dropped off an extremely rare early Apple I computer, which turned out to be worth $200,000. Several weeks ago, an unnamed woman donated several boxes of computer parts to a Clean Bay Area recycling center, and the center is hoping to identify her so that she can share in the earnings after the rare computer sold at auction.
Clean Bay Area Vice President Victor Gichun described the woman as being in her late 60s or 70s and said she arrived in an SUV. She brought in several boxes of computer parts and wiring, which remained untouched for several weeks before the staff sorted through them. The woman didn’t leave her name, as donors at recycling centers rarely do, but she did have a brief conversation with Gichun. He told the local NBC affiliate that the woman said the computer parts belonged to her late husband who, we can infer, had his finger on the pulse of personal computing in the early days.
The Apple I she donated was one of around 200 of the first generation of computers built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976. Some of the other early Apple I models are now housed in museums. This one in particular sold to a private collector at auction for $200,000 and the recycling center is hoping to identify the woman who donated it so she can collect her half of the sale. That’s right; a $100,000 check awaits the unwitting donor of this rare computer.
How will they know when the right woman turns up? To prove who she is,” Gichun said, “I just need to look at her.”
Certainly, Apple execs are hoping that, if located, the woman will spend some of her earnings on some brand-new Apple products. We’re not sure that’s likely to happen.
Via NBC Bay Area
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