It’s no secret that the original iPhone is an important part of mobile phone history, and anyone who possesses one still in its original packaging might be sitting on a gold mine if they’re enthusiastic to part with it.
Recent sales of a rare variant indicate that this trend is still going strong, as we have recently seen a few original iPhones go for ridiculous prices at auction.
After 12 hours of bidding, the old iPhone was sold for $40,320 via the Wright auction, but the is still available in its original packaging with its engraved symbol on the front of the box. An Apple logo and text read “Lucky You” are engraved on a thin red rectangle sticker.
The origins of the sticker are relatively sneaky, but a reader of AppleInsider contacted the publication and said they worked at an Apple store when the first iPhones appeared and that the sticker was an optional gift box option for its first holiday season. This makes the sound an interesting element and a rare variant.
It didn’t bring in quite as much money as a recent original iPhone auction that sold for over $60,000, but the “Lucky You” iPhone did still bring in some money, especially since it wasn’t in perfect mint condition. Though the plastic wrap on the top of the box was slightly torn, bidders still saw it as an important piece of smartphone history.
In recent years, more and more valuable versions of the iPhone and other pieces of Apple history have been going up for auction. People go hunting in their closets for their old technology when they see an iPhone selling for more money than their Audi car is worth.
There’s a good chance you can make millions if you still have an old iPhone in its original packaging, even if most won’t sell for that much. The “Lucky You” iPhone seller described it as a “Willy Wonka, ’24 karat’ Golden Ticket,” so maybe it’s worth having your phone appraised and auctioned off. Honestly, who knows? It’s possible you could wind up with an extra $40,320.
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