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Lot #5033
Apple iPhone (First Generation, Sealed 8GB)

Brand new, factory-sealed example of the original iPhone, from the collection of a longtime Apple employee

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Brand new, factory-sealed example of the original iPhone, from the collection of a longtime Apple employee

Unopened first generation original Apple iPhone, Model A1203, Order MA712LL/A (8GB). The box features a life-size image of the iPhone with twelve icons on the screen, indicating that it is from the earliest production (2007); a 13th icon, for iTunes, came later in the year. In brand new, factory-sealed condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner: “It is a bittersweet moment to send my original iPhone to auction. I worked at Apple for more than 10 years. During my tenure there, I was fortunate to be gifted the iPhone along with several other colleagues. It remained in personal storage at my home until March 2020 when the pandemic solidified working from home for the foreseeable future. I rediscovered the iPhone and placed it on my desk at home. It has lived on my desk as a memento since then. I know whoever has it next will cherish it as much as I have all these years.”

‘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: Apple, Jobs, and Computer Hardware
  • Dates: #673 - Ended August 24, 2023