A unique edition of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has just been released by Apple’s Chief Designer Jony Ive and his world-renowned team of designers, and is bound for an auction.
The one-of-a-kind Apple tablet is one of the items to go on auction at the Philips auction house in London.
Philips will hold ‘Time fo Design’ auction in Berkeley Square on April 28.
Ive, together with his team, specifically designed the iPad Pro, adding external and material improvements to the otherwise normal device.
Unlike regular iPad Pros, the special iPad Pro boasts an off-yellow anodized aluminum back cover, a blue suede-lined leather Smart Cover, and an orange colored carrying case for the Apple Pencil, which is made up of Italian calfskin leather.
According to a report, the yellow cover in the auction-bound iPad Pro has a brighter hue than the gold version currently available to consumers.
Topping it off is a laser-etched label, ‘Edition 1 of 1’, which is located on both the back of the iPad Pro, as well as inside the Smart Cover.
“We are extremely grateful to the friends of the museum who had donated such outstanding pieces to help us fulfill our ambition of creating one of London’s most important new cultural sites,” said Design Museum curator Deyan Sudjic regarding Ive’s contribution to the cause.
Unfortunately, interested parties may need to dig deep into their pockets because the unique iPad Pro edition is slated with a price tag between £10,000 and £15,000 ($14,000 – $21,000USD), although the report stated that the actual auction price could go even higher.
While there are no details regarding what iPad Pro version it is going to be, the 256GB edition should be a safe bet, especially with such a high price tag.
Proceeds from the April 28 Auction will go to the Design Museum in London. The museum is set to move from its Shad Thames location near Tower Bridge in May, and relocate by November to Kensington, which is on the other side of the city.
For those who cannot go to London, nor afford the large sum of money involved, there is still the regular iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil for ‘only’ £800 ($1,100USD).
Ive, who has worked for Apple for many years, has already been awarded by the Design Museum. In 2003, Ive received the very first Designer of the Year Award for his work on Apple’s iMac.
Way back in 1990, Ive also showed a prototype of a mobile phone in the museum.
Among the other items that will be in the auction include three ‘Mercuric’ collection tables from the Zaha Hadid Foundation, a stainless steel D-Sofa from Ron Arad, and a Gretsch ‘Irish Falcon’ Guitar from pop star and philanthropist Bono.
Another item that will be sold at the auction is an Anthony Gormley structure that costs around £100,000 ($142,000USD). There is also a Marc Newton coffee and tea set that costs over £70,000 ($99,400).
The auction will also feature an exclusive one-on-one design session with Stella McCartney for ‘only’, £3,000 ($4,300USD).
This is also not the first time Apple is sending a unique and luxury version of its current devices to auction. In 2013, the Cupertino manufacturer donated a solid gold pair of Earpods, and a red-colored MacBook Pro.
The iPad Pro is the company’s first 12-inch slate, and has been the center of rumors for the last three years. After word had got out that the idea for a large tablet had been scrapped, Apple put to rest the rumors by releasing the device earlier this year.
The tablet, which was also designed by Ive, boasts high-end specs with powerful performance for multitasking and computing.