Woman tosses Apple computer that turns out to be worth $200K

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An Apple-1 computer, built in 1976.  (FILE photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An Apple-1 computer, built in 1976. (FILE photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — A recycling center in the Silicon Valley is looking for a woman who dropped off an old Apple computer that turned out to be a collectible item worth $200,000.

Victor Gichun of Clean Bay Area says the woman dropped off boxes of electronics that she had cleaned out from her garage after her husband died.

She didn’t want a tax receipt or leave her contact information, and it wasn’t until a few weeks later that workers at the recycling center opened the boxes to discover an Apple I (one) computer inside.

The San Jose Mercury News reports it was one of only about 200 first-generation Apple computers made in 1976.

Gichun sold the computer to a private collection, and he wants to split the proceeds with the mystery donor.

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