A woman who took a box with an antique Apple computer inside to a recycling centre has become the subject of a widespread effort to track her down that could end with her being given a cheque for £65,000.
The unknown woman took a collection of her departed husband's boxes to a tip in California run by a company called CleanBayArea.
It is possible that she did not check the boxes, or did not know what they contained, but one included an antique Apple-1 computer that went on to be sold for around £130,000. An Apple-1 is pictured above.
CleanBayArea, the recycling company that found the item, said the woman, aged between 60 and 70, dropped off the boxes last month, but did not leave any identifying information.
A video (below) asks people to help find the woman because the antique machine, one of an original 200 units, has been sold and CleanBayArea would like to give her half of the proceeds.
"The boxes of e-waste had been sitting in CleanBayArea's warehouse for a couple weeks until a CleanBayArea recycling manager opened the box and found the Apple-1 computer under a bunch of cables and old keyboards," said the firm under its YouTube-posted call for assistance.
"It is one of only 200 of the original Apple-1 computers that were produced in 1976 which sold for $666.66 at the time.
"The Apple-1 computer we received was sold to a private collector for roughly $200,000 and CleanBayArea needs help finding the woman that dropped it off in order to give her the $100,000 (50 percent of the total sale) back."
That unit had a projected price of somewhere between £170,000 and £256,000, but frenzied bidding, and the addition of Steve Wozniak's signature, pushed the purchase price to record levels.
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