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A historic Apple 1 computer, built by hand by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976.BONHAMS

A historic Apple 1 computer, built by hand by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976.

This woman’s trash was another man’s treasure — one worth $200,000.

A Silicon Valley recycling plant is looking for an unidentified woman who dropped off a rare Apple 1 computer to give her a paycheck of $100,000.

The Apple 1 computer was one of about 200 first-generation computers put together by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976.

“She said, ‘I want to get rid of this stuff and clean up my garage,'” Victor Gichun, vice president of Clean Bay Area, told the San Jose Mercury News. “I said, ‘Do you need a tax receipt?’ and she said, ‘No, I don’t need anything.'”

Gichun said the computer, which belonged to the woman’s late husband, was sold this month for $200,000 to a private collection. However, Clean Bay Area has a policy that states all donation proceeds have to be split 50-50 with the donor.

Original computers like the Apple 1 have become very highly valued in recent years. In 2013, Christie’s online auctions sold an Apple 1 for a whopping $387,750.

Clean Bay Area is now trying to locate the woman to give her what’s rightfully hers. Gichun recalls her husband dying a couple months prior to the computer incident and thinks the cash could possibly help her.

Gichun said he didn’t get the woman’s name or address, but he does recall she was driving an SUV.

“I remember her,” Gichum said. “To prove who she is, I just need to look at her.”

 

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