Rare Ap­ple com­puter dumped for re­cy­cling, sold for US$200K

The China Post - - LIFE -

A Sil­i­con Val­ley re­cy­cling com­pany on Mon­day was search­ing for a woman who dropped off a rare Ap­ple com­puter sub­se­quently snapped up by a col­lec­tor for US$200,000.

The woman didn’t leave her name or ask for a re­ceipt when she dropped off a box of un­wanted gad­gets, in­clud­ing a first- gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple I com­puter con­sid­ered a cov­eted col­lectable by com­puter his­tory buffs, ac­cord­ing to U. S. me­dia re­ports.

Work­ers at the Clean Bay Area re­cy­cling spe­cialty firm in Sil­i­con Val­ley said the woman stopped by in April and told of be­ing on a mission to get rid of clut­ter from her house af­ter the death of her hus­band.

A cou­ple of weeks later work­ers went through the box and found an Ap­ple I, the first gen­er­a­tion of hand-built com­put­ers cre­ated by Steve Woz­niak when the world-chang­ing com­pany and its renowned co-founder Steve Jobs op­er­ated out of a fam­ily garage in 1976.

Only about 200 of the first-gen­er­a­tion desk­top com­put­ers were put to­gether by the com­pany co­founded by Jobs, Woz­niak, and Ron­ald Wayne.

An ex­ec­u­tive from the re­cy­cling firm said he re­mem­bers the woman, who stopped by in a sport util­ity ve­hi­cle, and that the com­pany’s pol­icy of split­ting pro­ceeds evenly with the donors of items has him on a mission to find her.

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