— Engadget (@engadget) June 1, 2015
They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
This couldn’t be more true for the people at the Clean Bay Area recycling center in Milpitas, California. A few weeks ago, a woman came to the Silicon Valley center with a box full of old electronics from her late husband. Among the junk: an original Apple 1 computer.
“We really couldn’t believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” said Victor Gichun, vice president of Clean Bay Area.
Seemingly, the mystery woman was unaware of the value of the computer she decided to get rid of, which was one of about 200 first-generation desktop computers made by Steve Jobs and his partners in 1976.
The recycling center went on to sell the Apple 1 to a collector for $200,000. Currently, the search is on for the unknown woman who gave the computer away, who is due 50%—or $100,000—of the profits.
This is why you should never throw anything away! Imagine tossing $200 g’s out the window. Only in Silicon Valley.
— Mercury News (@mercnews) May 31, 2015
When this woman recycled some old junk, she had no idea she was throwing away $200 k!