Jony Ive Creates Solid Gold EarPods for (RED) Sotheby's Charity Auction

Monday September 9, 2013 9:31 AM PDT by Jordan Golson
Gold EarPodsJony Ive, Apple's senior vice president of design, has contributed to an auction [PDF] celebrating "masterworks of design and innovation" to benefit Bono's Project (RED) charity.

Ive worked with designer Marc Newson to curate and in some cases customize a number of items including a one-of-a-kind Steinway & Sons grand piano, and the pair curated the rest of the collection, including a set of 18k solid rose gold Apple EarPods, pictured at right, and a customized magnum of Dom Perignon 1966 with a custom red label.
Leading the auction are the two items designed in their entirety by Jony and Marc – a unique Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera, which is, in and of itself, a feat of extraordinary engineering, and a unique aluminum desk produced by Neal Feay Studios. Joining these editions labeled 01/01 and specifically produced for the (RED) Auction are: a Steinway & Sons Parlor Grand Piano and a 2012 Range Rover, both customized by Jony and Marc; a unique version of Hermès’ iconic Cavale saddle created in red leather with custom red stitching; a one- of-a-kind pair of classic Apple EarPods in solid rose gold; a Russian cosmonaut suit; a pair of Damien Hirst ‘Spin Chairs’ designed by Jasper Morrison; a custom Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos “561” Clock with unique red accents created for the auction; and a Dom Pérignon Œnothèque s 1966 Magnum with custom red foil label, red ice bucket cooler and limited edition protective case.
The charity auction will be held on November 23 at Sotheby's New York.

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Posted: 16 months ago
These would be perfect for the champagne 5S. :D
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Wonder if they'll sound tinny...:D
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

For me heavier earphones stay in better as light ones a single light knock of the cable causes them to fly out.

But putting it in your ear a few times will start to make it tarnish and loose value but I guess that's the same as a ring of a necklace.

gold doesn't tarnish
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
I'm no big Star Wars buff or anything, but did anybody else think of C3PO when they saw this?

Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Gold iPhone confirmed! ;)

Nice touch by him/Apple, well done.

Although... would you/could you ever use them? I mean, sticking any gold into your ear even just once, you'd think it would wipe quite a bit off the value.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago
Seems pretty cool and for a good cause
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Posted: 16 months ago
Wonder what the AppleCare will cost on those? :)
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

Especially, what will you do when the cable breaks one day?


Use them as ear plugs. Silence is golden.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

For me heavier earphones stay in better as light ones a single light knock of the cable causes them to fly out.

But putting it in your ear a few times will start to make it tarnish and loose value but I guess that's the same as a ring of a necklace.


You put necklaces in your ear?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 16 months ago

Gold iPhone confirmed! ;)

Nice touch by him/Apple, well done.

Although... would you/could you ever use them? I mean, sticking any gold into your ear even just once, you'd think it would wipe quite a bit off the value.


Especially, what will you do when the cable breaks one day? (as it is the case after some time as always)
Rating: 4 Votes

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