Did The Father Of The iPod Buy Jony Ive’s Red Mac Pro And Solid Gold Earpods?

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For a recent Sotheby’s auction to benefit Bono’s Product (RED) charity, Apple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed a handful of unique products, including a red Mac Pro that sold for 977K and rose gold Earpods that sold for 461k.

The winners of the auctioned items haven’t been publicly disclosed, but it appears that Tony Fadell, the creator of the original iPod and Nest thermostat, may have been the highest bidder for both the Mac Pro and Earpods.

Today photographer Kevin Abosch tweeted a couple pictures of Fadell with the unique products, implying that he owned both.

The red Mac Pro’s selling price makes it the most expensive desktop computer ever purchased. Given Fadell’s long history with Apple, it wouldn’t be surprising if he was indeed the lucky owner.

We’ve reached out to confirm if Fadell owns either the red Mac Pro or gold Earpods, and we’ll update this post if we find out the answer.

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