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This rare iPhone just got sold for 238 iPhone 14s

It turns out that the original 4GB iPhone is one of the rarest and most valuable iPhones for collectors.
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Published onJuly 17, 2023

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TL;DR
  • A first-generation 4GB iPhone has sold for just over $190,000 at an auction.
  • The phone is reportedly considered a holy grail due to a limited production run.

First-generation iPhones are hot commodities among tech collectors these days, often selling for thousands of dollars in mint condition. Now, it turns out that one of these models just sold for almost $200,000.

A 2007 factory-sealed 4GB iPhone was auctioned by LCG Auctions (h/t: Digital Trends), eventually selling for $190,372.80. The auction platform noted that this particular model was brand new and was never activated.

LCG Auctions explained that the 4GB model is considered a “holy grail” by collectors due to a limited production run. Consumers reportedly chose to pay $100 extra for the 8GB model instead, resulting in slow sales of the 4GB model and Apple discontinuing this cheaper variant after roughly two months.

This original iPhone indeed shipped with just 4GB of storage, a 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1,400mAh battery, and a single 2MP rear camera. The original device even lacked 3G connectivity, despite the standard being around for a few years at this point.

In any event, there are loads of different Apple and non-Apple gadgets you could buy for the price instead:

  • 14 Mac Pro models with all the upgrades and accessories
  • 54 Apple Vision Pro headsets
  • 76 Razer Blade 15 gaming laptops
  • 105 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldables
  • 158 Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultras
  • 173 iPhone 14 Pro Max models
  • 211 Google Pixel 7 Pros
  • 238 iPhone 14s

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about crazy auction prices for an original iPhone, though. Back in February 2023, a sealed 8GB iPhone was auctioned for $63,000, while another sealed model sold for just over $39,000 in October 2022.