The woman who dumped a rare Apple 1 computer is being sought and a recycling facility will pay her USD 100,000, her cut of the sale. The computer was sold to a private collector. The woman left the computer in boxes in the company called CleanBayArea one month ago. She did not, however, leave any contact information. "She said that her husband had passed away and that she had decided to clean up their garage," CleanBayArea said in a statement.
An employee of the company who manages recycling went through the boxes and arranged for the computer to be sold. Apple 1 was made in Steve Jobs’ garage in 1976 by Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Other sources say they were both designed and created by Wozniak alone, while Jobs was in charge of selling devices. It is estimated that around 200 units were built and only 50 are probably still in existence. Most of them do not work.
Apple 1 computers have always reached exceptional prices at auctions – for instance, one model that was working was sold for more than USD 671,000 in Germany. Another model was sold for USD 375,000. Ever since Steve Jobs died in 2011, prices of Apple 1 computers soared.
Apple is now the world’s leading mobile phone, computer and gadget producer, and it is no wonder that people around the world are trying to get a hold of its first model. And they are prepared to pay a lot of money for it.
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