Why This iPhone 6 Costs More Than $40,000 (Updated)

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What appears to be an iPhone 6 prototype popped up yesterday on eBay, and the current bid has already reached $7,100. [See updates below.] The seller, who describes the phone as “vintage,” said they bought it from a friend. It appears to be missing an FCC logo, serial number, and IMEI number:

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The seller added:

From what I know it runs a debugging OS called SwitchBoard and features a red lightning dock port with a serial number of C39NW00KG876.

According to 9to5Mac, SwitchBoard, a type of internal Apple software, is much easier to hack than stock iOS, and devices with it installed “fetch insanely high prices.”

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Indeed, there’s a good chance this one will go higher: In 2014, another alleged prototype was on the market for $86,000. However, it turns out that it wasn’t a real prototype—just an unfinished phone. It was later sold for $11,000.

Similarly, this latest prototype may not even be a prototype at all, although Apple will want probably to sniff around anyway. But hey, if you have the cash on hand, why not? Just don’t leave it in a bar.

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Update 9:52 am: As expected, the prices have now skyrocketed. The bidding is now up to $13,600.

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Update 9:58 am: We’re now up to $40,100.

Update 9:59 am: And now we’ve reached $50,100.

Update May 25th 8:30 am: The listing has been removed. We’ve reached out to Apple for comment about the removal, and we’ll update if we hear back.

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Sophie is a former news editor at Gizmodo.