Steve Jobs didn’t like to sign autographs. So imagine what he might think if he had lived to so see one of his black turtleneck sweaters get cut up so that the tiny squares of fabric could be embedded in the Apple logo on an iPhone.
Caviar, the Russian jeweler known for expensive and outlandish mod jobs of iPhones, has nine iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max handsets featuring a sweater swatch. The starting price is $6,280 and goes up from there depending on storage size and model.
Update: An iPhone 12 Pro version debuted in 2020.
The Jobs phone is part of Caviar’s new Superior line and it is the least expensive of three models.
Also available are flagship phones with pieces of the boxing gloves worn by Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier during the famous “Thrilla in Manilla” fight. That one starts at $11,960 with only three available.
One more phone – and only one – has four swatches of fabric from what Caviar says came from suits worn by the Beatles. This one starts at $11,190 depending on what model you would like.
Caviar adding artifacts
Nothing in Caviar’s press release or the marketing on its website indicates whether the phones come with a certificate of authenticity. If interested, you may want to take up the question of authenticity with a Caviar salesperson.
Caviar has been on a history kick recently, a departure from it usual rare jewels and gold-plating. It is a company that has produced a number of iPhones featuring the mug of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Earlier this fall, it introduced limited-edition iPhone Pro handsets featuring pieces of historic spaceships, including one from the first manned flight. It also posted one for sale with a piece of the ill-fated cruise ship Titanic.
Caviar may be taking a page from the marketing book for sports trading cards companies, which have been embedding pieces of baseball, football and hockey jerseys in a handful of cards per run for the last 10 years.
The Beatles phone features a re-creation of the Fab 4 from the Abbey Road album cover with the suit swatches framed in a record. The boxing phone features a championship belt that carries the boxing glove samples.