First-generation iPhone sells at auction for around 380 times its original price

First-Generation Iphone Sells At Auction For Around 380 Times Its Original Price
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs holding an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in January 2007 in San Francisco, © 2007 AP
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By Associated Press Reporter

A first-generation iPhone has sold at auction for 190,373 US dollars (£146,021), roughly 380 times its original price of 499 dollars (£382.75) when the groundbreaking device went on sale in 2007.

LCG Auctions, which hosted the sale, said the 4GB iPhone model was 20 times rarer than the 8GB model released at the same time for 599 dollars (£459.44).


That is largely because the 4GB model was discontinued two months after launch given customer preference for the larger memory size.



“A new bar was set Sunday night,” said Mark Montero, the founder of LCG Auctions.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic record-breaking sale.”

It is the third original iPhone to sell for record prices at auction in the past year.

An 8GB model sold for 63,356 dollars (£48,593) in February and another 8GB model fetched 39,340 dollars (£30,173) in October 2022.


All were factory sealed in their original packaging.

The iPhone is one of the world’s most successful electronic products and helped make Apple the first publicly held company with a three trillion dollar market value.

The company, based in Cupertino, California, reached that milestone 16 years after the first iPhones were sold.

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