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Jun 5 2015   10:46AM GMT

Bargain Hunt US: Dumped Apple I computer sells for £130,000

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly

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A hunt has been launched for an elderly lady in America who unwittingly dumped a rare Apple I computer, worth more than £130,000, at a recycling centre.

The lady in question donated the computer, which sports a whopping 4k memory, along with a load of other computing components that belonged to her late husband at Clean Bay Recycling Centre in San Francisco.

Only 200 Apple I devices were ever made, and just 63 (how very precise) are thought to still exist today, but the donator was apparently unaware of its value. Or maybe she was, and was just fed up with it taking up space in her spare room.

That’s totally understandable, and the reason why Downtime recently donated its Fabergé egg and Ming vase collection to the local Oxfam shop, because they were just cluttering up the place.

Luckily, the recycling centre’s staff clearly have an eye for these kinds of things (or at least an eBay account) and sold it to a private collector for £131,000.
 
They’ve now launched a nationwide search for the lady, who is said to be in her 60s or 70s, so they can pass on the takings from the sale to her. Here’s hoping that they find her.
 

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