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Lot #3023
Apple Computer Prototype Mouse (1984)

Fabled 'see-through' Apple mouse from the company's Garden Grove plant

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Fabled 'see-through' Apple mouse from the company's Garden Grove plant

Rare circa 1984 transparent prototype mouse by Apple Computer, 2.25˝ x 3.5˝ x 1.25˝, with a clear plastic housing case featuring the debossed Apple logo to the lower left and the underside of the mouse revealing the Apple Computer circuit board and the gray trackball. The mouse features a solid gray cable that ends with a male DE-9 connector. In fine condition.

Originates from the collection of a former Apple Computer employee, who worked as the manager for the company’s Sustaining Automation Department in Garden Grove, California, the facility responsible for manufacturing keyboards and mice. Approximately 20 ‘see-through’ Apple mouse prototypes were made during this period.

Per the consignor: ‘I worked for a Massachusetts-based company that built the automation systems that assembled Apple IIe, III, and Macintosh keyboards. While on a field service call at Apple, I was pirated and worked for the APG South division of Apple from Sept ’83 until Oct ’84 as the Manager of the Sustaining Automation department. I thought it would be cool to have a clear mouse on my desk if I were to ever have a Mac so I asked for one. After moving back to Massachusetts, I finally got my Fat Mac and used the clear mouse for several years.’

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Revolution
  • Dates: #690 - Ended March 21, 2024