Lot # 4: Original 2007 Apple iPhone Factory Sealed w/ Apple Store Receipt (1st Release, 4GB)

Category: Platinum Lots

Starting Bid: $20,000.00

Bids: 17 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Premier Auction",
which ran from 10/13/2023 5:00 PM to
10/29/2023 5:00 PM



*Includes original Apple Store Receipt

 

One of the most important and ubiquitous inventions of our lifetime, the iPhone was first introduced by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007 at MacWorld San Francisco.  Just over five months later it was released at retail for $499/$599 on June 29th.  The original iPhone included 4GB/8GB of storage, an innovative touchscreen, a 2-megapixel camera, and a web browser.  The iconic box featured a life-size image of the iPhone with 12 icons on the screen.  It quickly became Apple’s most successful product, forever changed the smartphone industry, and was named the Time Magazine Invention of the Year in 2007.

The original 4GB model is considered a “Holy Grail” amongst iPhone collectors.  Its extreme scarcity is directly related to its limited production.  Debuting on June 29th, 2007, alongside the 8GB model, the 4GB model was hampered by slow sales.  Buyers chose to pay the $100 upcharge in exchange for double the storage space.  The lagging sales resulted in Apple making the decision to discontinue the 4GB model on September 5th, 2007, just over two months after it was first released. 

The 4GB model appears to have the potential of a “blue chip” collectible.  Extremely rare, when one finally surfaced this summer at auction, it realized a record price of $190,373.  The record shattering sale received widespread media coverage from major outlets including, ABC NewsCNN, and Fox Business  

Our offering is identical to the recording breaking model sold in July - it’s a first-release 4GB model in outstanding factory sealed condition.  It was consigned by the original owner who purchased it at retail more than 16 years ago.  Unlike previous models sold at auction, this one includes the original Apple Store receipt and bag.  The details on the receipt are fully legible.  As for the phone itself, its virtually flawless along the surface and edges, the factory seal is clean with correct seam details and tightness.  Labels on the reverse are correctly pristine beneath the seal.  Outstanding color and gloss.  Brand new, never activated.  Immaculate example, the finest we have handled!  Model A1203, Order MA501LL/A, 4GB)

 

Est. $175,000 - $225,000

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