Original Apple iPhone 2007, unboxed, sold for Rs 28 lakh

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An unopened 2007 first-generation iPhone in a sealed box fetched $35,000 (nearly Rs 28 lakh) at an auction in the United States.

On January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs, then Apple CEO, unveiled the iPhone – a touchscreen mobile phone with an iPod, camera, and web browsing capabilities, among other features – at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

The device had a touchscreen, 2MP camera, visual voicemail and a web browser. The iPhone was released in the United States in June 2007 for $499 for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB model, both of which required a two-year contract.

Now, the fully boxed original iPhone (8GB) has sold for $35,414 at auction, ZDNet reports.

Auction house, RR Auction, said the iPhone box features a life-size image of the iPhone with 12 icons on the screen.

The device was auctioned as part of the “Apple, Jobs, and Computer Hardware” auction organized by RR Auction, which included more than 70 items for sale, and closed on August 18.

The auction also included an Apple-1 circuit board, hand-soldered by Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak, which sold for $677,196.

Additionally, an unopened original first-generation (5GB) Apple iPod sold for $25,000, the report noted.

Apple is now set to launch the iPhone 14 series along with other devices and products on September 7.

(IANS entries)

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