On Thursday evening, bidding was mostly over in an online auction for dozens of pieces of decades-old Steve Jobs and Apple paraphernalia. But for one of the first-ever computer mice, plus an accompanying set of coding keys, bids kept rolling in.
The auction site’s initial estimate was $15,000. Half an hour after bidding closed for most other items, the worn and soiled mouse and keyset were at $45,000. Finally, one bidder blew everyone else out of the water, and the pair (created by legendary engineer Douglas Engelbart) sold for $178,936.