‘Rare’ original iPhone lands on eBay for $15,000

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Looking for a little extra summer cash? It might be time to dust off your old iPhone.

Some hopeful eBay seller is hawking their “rare” mint-condition, first-generation iPhone with only 4GB of storage — and all they’re asking for is enough money for a down payment on a house.

The original iPhone was one of the most painful purchases I’ve ever made. Not only did I have to slap down the $599 — just to see Apple drop the price two months later to $399 — but AT&T somehow weaseled me out of an extra $200 before the iconic device could finally be mine.

All that cash seems like a bargain seven years later, now that original iPhones are fetching upward of $15,000 on eBay.

Apple’s 4GB iPhone was only sold in the United States and was discontinued just three months after launch. With 6.1 million first-generation iPhone units sold in its first five quarters, the aluminum-backed iPhone is something of a rarity, but hardly worth as much as some first-generation iPhone prototypes, which have fetched about 10 percent of this factory-sealed iPhone’s asking price.

The auction has already received 46 offers, none of which have met the astronomical asking price, but if you want a backup iPhone, you can score a sweet deal on this other auction offering two original iPhones with twice the storage, for only $24,999.99.

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