- An original first-generation iPhone has been sold for a whopping $55,000 (~Rs 45,37,500).
- The first-generation iPhone in question was in mint condition, still in factory packaging.
- To put things into perspective, a Kawasaki Ninja H2R can be picked for $50,000.
A first-generation iPhone was recently sold for $55,000 in an auction. Notably, the top-end 1TB iPhone 14 Pro Max retails for $1,499 (~Rs 1,24,000). This is just 2.5% of the price first generation iPhone sold recently. The iPhone was sold on an auction website. Notably, another first-generation iPhone was sold recently in February 2023 for $63,000. Prior to that two more factory-sealed iPhones were sold for $35,000 and $39,000. Here are all details of the iPhone sold recently.
Apple iPhone Auctioned for a Whopping $55,000
The first generation iPhone was listed on an auction website from where it was sold to the highest bidder for $55,000 (~Rs 45,37,500). Notably, the 16 years old iPhone was launched back in 2007 for a starting price of $499 (~Rs 41,170). This is an eye-watering markup of 10,922%. You can currently pick up the limited-market launch – supercharged, carbon fiber 300-hp beast called Kawasaki Ninja H2R (depicted above) for $50,000 (Rs 41,25,000). This special edition superbike was created by all of the Kawasaki coming together in their aerospace division. If you are not a rider but prefer cars instead, you can also pick up the latest 2023-edition, fully-kitted Alfa Romeo SUV for the price.
However, considering how loyal Apple’s fanbase is and how there is a cult following for older Apple devices, it should come as no surprise that the sealed-pack, factory-condition first-generation iPhone is trading for such an exorbitant sum. Vintage collectors have also been bidding on products like an Apple-1 computer mainframe signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ($71,425), an Apple-1 console ($500,000), and so on.
The website called RR Auction house also has a collection under “Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Revolution.” This collection includes the likes of Tim Cook’s signed iPhone 11 for #3976, Macintosh 128K prototype computer for $16,500, various Steve Jobs handwritten documents along with his business care ($6,188) on sale. It’s no surprise that these items are fetching these price tags and getting sold as well.
First Generation iPhone: Specifications
The Apple iPhone was launched in June 2007 as the phone that revolutionised the smartphone industry. It featured a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 320×480 pixels. Powering the performance of the handset was a 412 MHz one-core processor accompanied by 128MB RAM and 4GB storage. The smartphone was launched with iOS 3 and supported single SIM. In the camera department, the smartphone offered a 2-megapixel camera on the rear panel and no selfie cameras. This is the spec sheet that the first-generation iPhone was launched with.
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