An auction is taking place in June that will likely be of keen interest to true Apple fans. The original “rainbow” logos that were used at Apple’s Cupertino, CA headquarters will go up for bids in June, and will likely go for between $10,000 and $15,000, reports Design Taxi (via The Verge).
MacRumors says the auction for the signs will be held by British auction house Bonhams. Both signs – a 46 x 49 inch version made out of foam, and a smaller, 33 x 36 inch version made from fiberglass – were given to a longtime Apple employee after their removal in 1997.
The larger sign is made of stiff foam with 6 vinyl applied colors, while the smaller sign is made from fiberglass that is backed with metal, and has vinyl applied colors. There is some edge wear to both signs, with some colors showing slight pealing at transitions, the larger sign has one color showing significant craquelure, and both signs suffer stray marks and outdoor wear.
Apple’s rainbow logo was designed by graphic artist Rob Janoff, and was in use from 1977 to 1998. Janoff said the logo was designed in two weeks after an examination of physical cross-sections and real apples. The multi-colored stripe design was personally approved by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.