Recycling centre handed vintage Apple computer worth $200k

31 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple computer worth $260K dumped at recycling plant.

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, in California’s Silicon Valley. She did not want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it was not until a few weeks later that workers opened the boxes to discover a highly collectible Apple I computer inside. The machine is one of only about 200 first-generation Apple computers made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976, in a seminal moment for personal computing.

He told the Mercury News that his own mother had died aged 54, and he remembers how his father suffered, so he thought the money might help the woman in the aftermath of her husband’s death. The Milpitas-based recycling firm sold the Apple I for 200,000 dollars to a private collection, and because the company gives 50% of items sold back to the original owner, Mr Gichun said he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor.

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