A first generation Apple iPod has sold at auction for a record $29,000.
The device had been sitting forgotten on a shelf at a home in Texas where it had remained in its original Apple packaging and store blue bag since Christmas 2001, after being gifted to a teenager from his parents. It had been originally purchased for $399 at an Apple store.
The auction of the iPod took place at the Rally Alternative Asset Investment platform on Friday, 4th August. Rob Petrozzo, a co-founder of the investment platform, said that the original owner "didn't know what to do with it" when he was first given the item as a gift. Having paid little attention to it in the days after receiving it, he put it on a shelf and it was subsequently forgotten.
The iPod was ultimately rediscovered after the owner's father passed and he did a deep clean of his childhood home.
The specific item in question first re-appeared on the market in 2021, when the investment platform opened up ownership of the product to a number of people by breaking it up into 5000 shares, which were sold at $5 a share between 360 investors. However, a private investor came forward last week to place a buyout offer of $29,000. The shareholders ultimately voted to accept the offer, with 61.98% of those who voted in favour of selling the item to the individual buyer.
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