The $100,000 iPhone 6 prototype is just the latest in a long string of one-of-a-kind Apple auctions over the years. Check out our gallery for 10 of the other most memorable, once-in-a-lifetime Apple lots ever to go under the hammer.
Photo: Adam Rosen
Apple's original rainbow office signs
Want to pretend you're an Apple employee from the dark days before Steve Jobs made his return? These styrofoam and fiberglass signs hung from the east-facing side of Infinite Loop’s Building 3 between 1993 and 1997. They went under the hammer at British auction house Bonhams earlier this year, ultimately fetching $35,000.
Broken stair from an Apple Store
This broken step didn't come from just any Apple Store, mind you. The cracked glass step came from the spiral staircase in Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue store in New York City.
Sold in 2010 by former store employee Mark Burstiner for $9,950, the step was reportedly cracked by a customer’s Snapple bottle.
Photo: Mark Burstiner
The best Apple Store shirt ever
When your name is the oh-so-ironic Sam Sung, it's quite frankly amazing you were ever allowed in for an Apple Store interview to begin with.
If you’re an Apple fan (and who reading this isn’t?), there are few conversations that would be better than sitting down with one of the company’s top execs to quiz them over all things Cupertino.
That was the rationale behind a 2013 auction to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The prize? A cup of coffee with Tim Cook at 1 Infinite Loop. The eye-watering (iWatering?) price tag: $610,000.
Even at that price he’s not going to tell you what the iPhone 7 looks like, or if Jony Ive is working on an aluminum hover board, but it would still be the conversation of a lifetime. If you’re feeling a bit cash-strapped, you could try lunch with Mr. Fix-It Eddy Cue. A related auction went for "just" $10,000.
An early memo written by Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was never short of opinions. What made this particular note a bit less common, however, is that it was written by a 19-year-old Jobs during his stint at Atari, suggesting changes to the company's World Cup Soccer arcade game.
It was stamped with Jobs' home address in Los Altos, California, and a Buddhist mantra translating as, "Going, going, going on beyond, always going on beyond, always becoming Buddha."
Rare portrait-mode Mac prototype
It's only made from painted foam, but this portrait-mode Macintosh LC from 1989 is a piece of alternate-universe Apple history that never was. It could've been yours for just $2,250.
Apple's founding documents
Apple memorabilia doesn't come much better than this: the original three-page document founding Apple Computer Co. as a company. It was signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, the unlucky investor who sold his 10 percent stake in Apple for $800.
This auction lot went for a massive $1.6 million.
Bill Clinton's iPod
Back in 2009, the 42nd president auctioned off a signed (PRODUCT) RED iPod as a show of his support for the fight against AIDS.
A few of the songs it contained? Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," Carly Simon's "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The winning bidder even got a $25 iTunes voucher thrown in.
Photo: Tonic Auctions
Gene Roddenberry's Macintosh
Given that devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watch have brought sci-fi concepts like the tricorder and communicator to life, it's no wonder that the creator of Star Trek would be a Mac owner.
Back in 2009, Roddenberry's upgraded Mac 128K was auctioned off as part of a Hollywood memorabilia show. The asking price was between $800 and $1,200.
Oh, that Baldur, always leaving his Gate open for demons to walk through and attack the world. Silly Baldur.
Developer Beamdog, along with Atari and Overhaul Games, announced pre-purchasing for the upcoming Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, coming to Mac and PC November 15, 2013, and iOS and Android “soon.” The sequel to last year’s successful Baldur’s Gate will run you $24.95 for the full HD resolution and remastered art from the original game, which released in September of 2000, quickly becoming “the most celebrated Dungeon’s & Dragons … game of its time,” currently sitting at a Metacritic score of 95.
There’s a new gameplay trailer, as well, which you can see below.
Last year, the classic PC Dungeons & Dragons RPG Baldur’s Gate finally made its way to the Mac in an enhanced port put together by Beamdog Entertainment, and from there, the iPad. We were excited about it at the time, but only because it paved the way for Baldur’s Gate II, which to this day might be the finest PC RPG game ever made. Baldur’s Gate is pretty good, but it hasn’t aged well. Baldur’s Gate II and its expansion, Throne of Bhaal, still hold up.
Time to get psyched, then. Beamdog is bringing Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition to the Mac on November 15. And if history is anything to judge by, an iPad version should follow a few months later.
It’s hard to believe that the man behind the glass-eyed animatronic freak show of Chuck E. Cheese is the same person who founded Atari, and that both these men are the same person who discovered that diamond-in-the-rough, Steve Jobs. But it’s true: Nolan Bushnell incarnates all of his men. And in his most recent book, Finding The Next Steve Jobs, Bushnell talks about his experience finding Steve.
Remember Lodsys, the patent troll that began suing a bunch of indie iOS developers back in 2011 over their use of in-app purchases? Well, it’s back to do more trolling. The company has targeted another ten mobile game makers in its latest complaints, which it has been quietly filing in an East Texas court throughout 2013.
The studios named include Gameloft, Walt Disney, BackFlip Studios, and Gamevil.