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Apple's original logo boards up for auction

Bidding at the June 4 auction will start at $10,000 for the two logo boards, which once hung at Apple HQ.

The Apple logo boards. Bonhams

Original logo boards featuring the rainbow colors used by the Mac maker between 1976 and 1997 will go up for auction next month.

Auction house Bonhams has obtained two Apple rainbow logo boards that once hung on the exterior of Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. The pair of logo boards, which were removed from the headquarters in 1997 and replaced with Apple's new monochromatic logo, will start at $10,000 at auction.

Each board features rainbow colors flowing horizontally across an apple with a bite-sized piece missing. According to Bonhams, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs decided to take out the section of the Apple logo "so that no one would confuse it with a tomato" and picked a rainbow design to "humanize the company."

One of the signs, measuring about 4 feet by 4 feet, was on the side of building 3 on the Cupertino campus, where it was visible from Highway 280, Bonhams says. The other is about 3 feet by 3 feet.

The Bonhams auction will take place in New York on June 4. According to Bonhams, the logos came from an Apple employee who was given the boards after they were taken down.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via Design Taxi)