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10 memorable Apple auctions we wish we’d won



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.

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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.

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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

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.

Sung was, however, and when he finally left the job earlier this year, he auctioned off his work shirt, badge and business card to raise money for charity. The eBay auction ended at $2,653.

Photo: Sam Sung

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.

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."

Photo: Sotheby's

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.

Photo: Bonhams

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.

Photo: Sotheby's

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

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.

Photo: Profiles in History

By far the most exclusive (PRODUCT)RED Apple creation in history.