Last summer we saw Auction for rare Apple devices Including the Apple-1 prototype created by Steve Jobs, which sold for $700,000, and an original, unlocked iPhone order worth $35,000. Now in a new auction currently running, the original sealed iPhone is expected to fetch 50 times the original price or more.
And in a wild auction story, a rare Apple-1 manual that sold for $42,000 was recently discovered to be a replica, not an original, resulting in a refund to the winning bidder.
iPhone original sealed to grab
Here’s how the auction house describes the status of an Apple collector’s item:
“This Factory Sealed, First Edition is in exceptional condition. Virtually flawless along surface and edges, factory seal is clean with correct and tight seam details. The labels on the reverse side are clean right under the seal. ALL ORIGINAL – There are no aftermarket stickers or UPC stickers on this. Brand new, never activated. Collectors and investors will be hard pressed to find a better example. Convenience and rarity make up a winning formula for this red hot ensemble. Model A1203, Order MA712LL/A (8 GB), Authenticity fully guaranteed by LCG Auctions. “
LCG expects the final price to fall at $30K or higher. With the 8GB version of the original iPhone selling for $599, that’s an increase of 50 or more times over this unlocked iPhone.
Turns out the $42,000 Apple-1 guide turns out to be a reprint
in another place Fantastic auction storywhat was thought to be a very rare Apple-1 evidence was discovered to be a replica.
apple lovers 1 Armin Herstetter He started a very detailed project to recreate the Apple-1 directories from scratch. Upon completion, Armin came across new details from collectors:
“Once I finished this crazy job, I posted it on several forums. One user commented, “I have an Apple-1 manual here. It does not appear that it is scan. Maybe it’s original.”
As it turned out, “In the 1980s, it was reprinted in Germany as a gift to a local developers’ conference. The model used for reprinting was an original Apple-1 operating manual. This particular sample was written, and thus the note appears in the complete copy set of a few hundred copies.” Apart from the handwriting, the manual is an excellent reproduction that differs only in very few details, such as the position and distance of the saddle stitch attachment, compared to the original. We will return to this point later. For now, the main idea is that there is a reprint of about 1983 Apple-1 Operating Manual. And I bought that exact copy of the reprint from a forum user for 1,000 euros.”
After learning this and examining all the subtleties, it became clear to Armin that the Apple-1 manual that was recently sold for $42,000 was in fact a replica.
After arriving at the auction house, the discovery of Armen was confirmed. The respected company wrote:
“We agree with your findings that this is a replica. We were unaware of the replicas made in the 1980s. Thanks for teaching us. We reached out to the winning bidder and offered him a full refund. He ordered the replica for a few thousand dollars because he Enjoy it. We will refund the credit. The sender is well known to us and is not an evil person. We showed him to our expert, but only gave him scans. After further review, again with gratitude, we agree to print the annotation. We will make sure Not to happen again.”
check the The full story is on Armin’s website.
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