This April a woman cleaned out her garage and threw out two boxes of old electronics, after her husband had passed away. Apparently one of the items she dropped off at recycling center Clean Bay Area in Silicon Valley turned out to be an Apple Computer 1, known retroactively as the Apple I or Apple-1.
According to NBC, she did not want a tax receipt and did not want to leave her contact information. Weeks after the boxes were dropped off, the recycling company finally went through them and made the discovery.
“We really couldn’t believe our eyes. We thought it was fake. But it was real,” Clean Bay Area vice president Victor Gichun said.
The recycling company sold the Apple I for $200,000 to a private collector. However, this past December an Apple I computer was sold on auction at Christie’s for $365,000.
According to Christie’s, it is still fully operational, besides, the machine is the only known Apple-1 computer that is officially documented to have been personally sold by Jobs.
The Guardian reported that the Apple co-founder sold this particular Apple-1 directly from his parents’ garage for $600 way back in the mid-’70s and it is actually known as the “Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer,” after the person who bought it — Charles Ricketts.
The first-generation desktop computers are worth so much because only about 200 were assembled by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne in 1976. They were originally sold for $600 each.
The company’s policy is to give 50 percent of all sales back to the original owner. The company’s VP does not know her name but he remembers how she looks like.
“To prove who she is, I just need to look at her,” Gichun said.
Therefore, all the woman has to do is show up at Clean Bay Area again to claim her $100,000 check.