December 30, 2013
A “very rare” original iPhone engineering prototype has been sold for $1,500 on eBay. The seller, Australia-based applefancollector, claims the device is only one of five “such devices in existence.” The handset includes an early version of Apple’s iOS that was used to test the device's hardware functions. As a result, the iPhone does not run a full version of iOS “at its current state and you cannot make any calls with this.” Under Item specifics, the iPhone’s condition is described as follows:
Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections.Auctions such as this are typically pulled by eBay. In this case, the process went through to sale. In total, there were 37 bids for the “Original iPhone Prototype.” The winning bidder used eBay’s Buy It Now feature to end the auction early. They will pay the seller $1,499.99 plus $25 shipping and handling. See also: Apple's Gold iPhone 5s Handset Fetches Huge Prices On eBay, Original iPhone Will Soon Reach 'Obsolete' Status In Apple Retail Stores, and The iPhone That Started A Revolution.