Unissued Microsoft shares, first mice and more computer history up for auction
RR Auction has several pieces of computer history available for auction. The collection includes two mice belonging to Douglas Engelbart, who invented the computer mouse, as well as an unissued Microsoft stock certificate. Bidding started this week on February 17, 2022 and will run until March 17, 2022.
A number of articles are rare and linked to pioneers in the computer industry, such as Engelbart, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Allan Alcorn.
Two early mice are available through the auction, both of which were donated to Bill Daul by Engelbart. Mice offer an interesting perspective on how interface technology has evolved over the years. Although the mechanisms inside the devices differ from their modern equivalents, the overall design and function of the original mice is not that different from today’s best gaming mice.
Those looking to hang something on their wall can check out the unissued Microsoft stock from 1990. You can’t use the stock because it was never officially released, but it does show the signatures of Bill Gates and the former Microsoft Chairman Jon Shirley.
If you’re more of a gamer, you can check out the original Atari “Home Pong” prototype, the original Atari Space Race prototype, or several other game items. Many game-related collectibles are tied to Alcorn, which created Pong.
Apple enthusiasts have several items to choose from in the auction. There is a check signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, an Apple-1 photograph signed by Wozniak, and the job application signed by Steve Jobs at Atari.