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Original Apple Computer logo visible on Christie's Apple-1 manual [Photo]

November 12, 2010 | 10:44 am

Apple-logo Christie's, the high-end auction house, is selling off one of Appledom's rarest relics: the original Apple-1 personal computer, famously designed and built in a garage by company founders Steven Jobs and Steve Wosniak in 1976.

The Apple-1 machine, for which Christie's will open the bidding on Nov. 23, is expected to fetch between $160,000 and $240,000.

Among the easter eggs of this lot is a peek into Apple's design origins. Embossed on the Apple-1's operation manual is the original logo for "Apple Computer Co." It shows a little locket-like rendering of Sir Isaac Newton reading below an apple tree. Above him hangs, of course, a shining apple -- the predecessor of the sleek metallic apple the company's logo has evolved into over nearly 35 years. The most famous earlier iteration is the rainbow-colored apple that company made famous in the 1980s.

The photo of the lot is below -- click for a full-size version.




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Photo credit: Christie's