Date
23 September 2017
The recycling firm sold the rare Apple 1 computer for US$200,000 in a private auction. Photo: Dave Jones/Flickr
The recycling firm sold the rare Apple 1 computer for US$200,000 in a private auction. Photo: Dave Jones/Flickr

US$100,000 check awaits woman who donated rare Apple 1 computer

A recycling firm in Silicon Valley is looking for a woman in her 60s who dropped off a rare Apple 1 computer along with other electronic goods in April. A US$100,000 check is waiting for her.

CleanBayArea in Milpitas, California, is trying to track down the woman who donated the items she found in the garage which she was cleaning out after her husband died, Reuters reported. 

In one of the boxes, buried under worthless keyboards, personal computer pieces and wires, was a 1976 Apple 1, a groundbreaking home computer.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak designed and hand-built the computers and sold them for US$666.66 each. Only a few dozen are known still to exist.

The recycling firm sold the Apple for US$200,000 in a private auction, the news agency said. Its policy is to split the proceeds 50-50 with the person who donated the equipment.

“The body was made out of wood. I’ve never seen anything like that. My first reaction was it was a fake. Then we started looking at it,” said Victor Gichun, vice president of marketing for CleanBayArea.

Gichun declined to say who bought the Apple 1, only that it was a private collector. He’s not sure whether the Apple is still operational.

He said he will recognize the woman, who he believes is local, when he sees her and will write her out a check for US$100,000.

The boxes sat in the company’s warehouse on a pallet for a couple of weeks because they didn’t expect to find anything valuable, Gichun said.

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