Charles Darwin letter, early Apple computer in auction of unique pieces of science history

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A letter by Charles Darwin on the sex life of barnacles and a vintage Apple computer are among the unusual pieces of science history going up for auction in New York later this month.

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Buyers at the Oct. 22 auction at Bonhams will need deep pockets. The 1976 Apple 1 computer, one of 50 built in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976, is estimated to bring $300,000 to $500,000.

For something really exotic, potential buyers can also fork over an estimated $150,000 to $250,000 for a 1,500-pound viewing window that protected scientists working on the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic bombs during World War II.

There's also the earliest electric keyboard — a 1905 sound synthesizer — with a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.