A rare Apple Computer which a woman gave away for free has just sold for $200,000 (£131,000) at auction. The woman who donated it just doesn’t know yet.
The unidentified woman dropped off the extremely rare PC at her local recycling centre in California, but left without leaving her contact information.
The facility later sold the item and is now hunting for the mysterious woman so they can split the money with her.
The woman dropped off several boxes in early April because she was cleaning out her garage after the death of her husband. ‘CleanBayArea’, the facility that accepted the items, had a backlog of donations at the time, and didn’t look through the woman’s boxes until two weeks later.
It was then that CleanBayArea discovered the rare Apple I and sold it to a collector earlier this month for the huge sum. Unfortunately, the woman declined to provide her information for a tax receipt when she made the donation.
Speaking to San Jose Mercury News, CleanBayArea vice-president Victor Gichun said:
We are looking for her to give her $100,000.
Gichun added that even though the woman didn’t provide her name, he remembers her clearly, and would recognise her if he saw her again.
The Apple I was the first computer ever made by the company. Each one was hand-built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976.
The company only sold around 200 of the machines, and collectors say only a handful are still in existence, which is why they fetch such incredible amounts at auction.
Let’s hope they can track this woman down!