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'Mysterious Woman' Throws Out Vintage Apple Computer Worth $200,000

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One man's trash is another man's treasure. Or in this case, one woman's trash is actually a rare, vintage -1 computer, one of only 200 originals built by , and Ron Wayne that recently fetched $200,000 in an online .

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Original 1976 Apple 1 Computer In A Briefcase

NBC Bay Area is reporting that an older woman, between the age of 60 and 70, dropped off the computer, buried in a box of discarded electronics, at CleanBayArea's recycling center in Milpitas, Calif., about a month ago.

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Later discovered by a recycling manager sorting through the boxes, the Apple-1 computer – which was built in 1976 and was originally priced at $666.66 – was put up for auction, and sold for $200,000 (a considerable sum, but also considerably less than the $905,000 another Apple-1 computer recently fetched at a New York auction).

The recycling company is now searching for the woman so it can give her $100,000, or half the proceeds from the sale.

"We couldn't believe our eyes, we thought it was fake. It was real," Victor Gichun, CleanBayArea's vice president told NBC Bay Area.

Only in .

Related: Vintage Apple 1 Computer Auctioned Off for Record-Setting $905,000

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