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Lot #6074
Apple iPhone (First Generation, Sealed 8GB) with Gift Packaging

New-in-box example of the original iPhone, with Apple's gift packaging

Estimate: $20000+
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New-in-box example of the original iPhone, with Apple's gift packaging

Unopened first generation original Apple iPhone, Model A1203, Part No. MA712LL/A (8GB), Serial No. 87805ASDWH8. The box features a life-size image of the iPhone with thirteen icons on the screen, indicating that it is from the later production run of original iPhones; the 13th icon, for iTunes, was introduced to the packaging in late 2007. The iPhone is housed in its original Apple gift box with red band and gift message card: "Bob, We appreciate your Canon and Tekgraf business. Enjoy the Iphone!" Additionally includes the original Apple packing list and bubble wrap bag. In brand new, factory-sealed condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner: “In early 2008, I was notified by a distributor that I was awarded an Apple iPhone for sales performance of Canon wide format printers. In February of 2008, Apple shipped me an original iPhone 8 GB model directly from the online Apple Store. I was thankful for the gift but I was a Windows and Motorola Razr guy so I took the box and stored it in a closet. I had long forgotten about it but in 2018 I was cleaning out the closet and noticed that the box with the iPhone was still there.”

‘iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone,’ Steve Jobs said during his keynote speech that introduced the innovative product. He was right. Developed in secrecy, the original iPhone is the smartphone that transformed the industry, revolutionizing cellphone design as one of the first 'slate' form factor phones. The iPhone removed nearly all physical controls in favor of an easy-to-use capacitive touchscreen interface. It put the internet into our pockets with the first full-featured mobile web browser, and essentially launched the market for apps with the introduction of the App Store, making third-party applications easy to access and download. The iPhone ushered in the modern age of the smartphone and catapulted Apple to the top of the charts as one of the world's most valuable companies.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #669 - Ended September 23, 2023