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Unopened first generation iPhone in 2007 hits the auction block Thursday – estimated cost is $50,000.

It was originally released for $599 the first iPhone Apple offered early adopters a 3.5-inch screen with a 2-megapixel camera, plus 4GB and 8GB storage options, Internet capabilities, and iTunes. It had no app store, ran on the 2G network, and was exclusive to the AT&T network.

Cosmetic tattooist Karen Green was gifted the 8GB version and says she never broke the seal. appearance In 2019 on the daytime television program The Doctor & The Diva. An appraiser at the show valued the phone at $5,000 at the time.

Since then, another unlocked first-generation iPhone like Green’s has sold for more than $39,000 in a listing that closed in October by LCG Auctions. LCG Auctions is also offering Green’s phone for $2,500.

Green and LCG Auctions did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

iPhone changed his way billions of people around the world communicate, make payments, do their jobs, take photos, and even how they wake up in the morning. It killed dozens of industries (camcorders, MP3 players, flip phones) and gave life to many more.

Speaking at Apple’s annual Macworld exhibition In 2007, then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened his presentation by saying, “Today we’re going to make some history together.” Jobs called the new smartphone a “revolutionary cell phone,” which he called an iPod, a telephone, and an “Internet communicator.”

“It’s bad out there today,” said Jobs of mobile web browsers. “Browsing the real web on your phone is a real revolution.”

Apple enthusiasts will have until February 19 to bid on the tech relic.

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