SAN FRANCISCO – A mystery woman left her Apple I Computer at an electronics recycling firm at San Francisco, completely unaware of what her junk computer was worth of. The Apple I Computer she left turned out to be a treasure for the recycling company after they auctioned it for $200K. According to the rules of the recycling firm, they split the cash in half with the owner of the electronic gadget. The company is in search of the woman to hand over a paycheck of $100,000.
“I ask this lady, please come over to our warehouse…and we’ll give you check for $100,000,” Victor Gichun, Vice President of the recycling firm, CleanBayArea said in a statement.
It was only a few weeks later when workers discovered the valuable and precious computer lying in their warehouse. Since then they have been trying to track the woman, however, due to the lack of any contact and receipts, the owner is still missing. Even finding a needle in the haystack was easier.
The unknown woman left her Apple I Computer at the recycling firm after the death of her husband, in order to get rid of her husband’s junk from the house. Little did she know that what she thought was only junk, in reality was a valuable piece of computer history worth $200,000.
Reports suggest that the Apple I Computer was one of the 200 first-generation devices, which were personally designed and assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne during the early days of Apple in the year 1976. “We really couldn’t believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” reacted Gichun after becoming aware of the price of the computer. The guys at Apple sold the Apple I Computer for merely $666.66, which went on to become an antique.
The computer was purchased in an auction set up by the company, by a private collector for about $200,000 (£130,000), and due to company’s policy of splitting the funds, they launched campaigns to find the woman on media and the Internet. The company is asking the users to spread the news and share the short video they released to track the original owner of the computer.
According to the recycling firm, the woman was between 60 and 70, and drove an SUV to company’s Milpitas recycling center and dropped off the boxes containing the computer. Gichun says he just needs a proper look to recognize the lady.