Mystery woman due $100,000 for Apple I computer donated to recycling firm

Rare tech antique found in garage, delivered along with miscellaneous computer parts

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Mystery woman due $100,000 for Apple I computer donated to recycling firm The Apple I was designed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and released by the company in 1976. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 1, 2015

A mystery woman is due a $100,000 windfall for taking a rare Apple I computer to a Silicon Valley recycling plant, online media reported.

In April CleanBayArea took possession of the tech antique from a woman in her 60s, who found the computer when cleaning out her garage after her husband died and donated it along with other computer parts.

CleanBayArea sold the computer at auction for $200,000. The company's policy is to split the proceeds with the donor.  The firm posted a message on its website that the woman can collect a cheque for $100,000 at her convenience.

"We thought it was fake," The Guardian quoted Victor Gichun, vice president of CleanBayArea, as telling NBC news. "It was real... Tell this lady to please come over to our warehouse in Milpitas again and we'll give her a check for $100,000."

The Apple I was designed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and released by the company in 1976. Only a few dozen of the computers are thought to still exist.

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