A recycling centre wants to give the woman who dropped off the Apple 1 her $US100,000 cheque

The world’s most expensive Apple box. Picture: Ed Uthman/ Wikimedia Commons

A recycling centre in Silicon Valley is looking for the woman who dropped off an Apple 1 computer worth $US200,000.

They sold it at a private auction and want to pay her the usual 50% commission fee.

“We really couldn’t believe our eyes,” Victor Gichun, the vice president of Clean Bay Area told KNTV-TV. “We thought it was fake.”

The computer is one of around 200 made and it actually looks like the buyer got a bargain. Only a handful have been sold in the past five years, with one fetching more than $US900,000 at a Bonham’s sale last year.

Another sold in December fetched $US365,000. All would have originally gone on sale in July 1976 at a price of $US666.66.

The version dropped off at the recycling centre came in a wooden box. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Gichun said.

He said she cleaned out her late husband’s garage and dropped off two boxes and if she comes forward, he’ll know her by sight.

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