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If you're looking for a piece of Apple history to hang on your walls, you probably can't get much better than two of the rainbow-themed Apple logos that once adorned the company's Cupertino headquarters from 1977 through 1998. And if you happen to have a sizable chunk of change sitting around, we've got some great news — they'll be auctioned on June 4 by British auction house Bonhams.
According to Bonham's site, the signs were given to an unnamed "longtime Apple employee" after being taken down from the building in preparation for the new logo designs. The larger one measures 46x49 inches and the smaller one measures 36x33.5x6 inches. The larger one is made of 1.5 inch-thick foam and covered with vinyl stripes; the smaller is made of metal-backed fiberglass. It, too, features vinyl stripes. Bonhams estimates their value at $10,000-$15,000.
The auction page states the "larger sign was removed from the side of building 3, where it faced east and could be seen from a distance as one headed north on highway 280."
The iconic logo was designed by Rob Janoff, who states on his website that it was created after only two weeks. Steve Jobs reportedly never saw any other logo concept save one without a bite which was presented at the same time (which is surprising, considering his penchant for perfectionism). The bright colors were meant to evoke the user-friendliness of Apple products and to drum up the color display of the Apple II.
It's the longest-running logo in Apple's history. In 1998, Apple started using a monochrome variant, a practice which it has maintained with some slight variations to this day. The rainbow-colored version isn't actually Apple's first logo; in 1976, the company used a complex hand-drawn logo featuring Isaac Newton under a tree, just seconds before the fabled apple fell on his head.
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