The original iPod from 2001 is arguably the product that paved the way for today’s iPhone 14 and beyond, and it became an icon not just for Apple but for a generation. It wasn’t cheap at $399, but that’s a bargain compared to the price one just sold for.
The original iPod sold for an incredible $29,000 on the Rally platform which allows people to effectively buy shares in rare collectible items.
Rally sold thousands of shares in the 2001 iPod, a product that had 5GB of storage and includes an original Apple Store bag. There’s also an original, unopened iPod sleeve included as well.
A 2001 classic
It isn’t every day that you see a 22-year-old item sell for such a huge sum, but the 2001 iPod wasn’t an everyday product.
« The iPod was originally purchased for $399 + tax in December 2001 at Willowbrook Mall in Plano Texas, at an Apple Store that was actually opened just before the iPod release, » Rally told iMore via email. « Its original owner received it as a Christmas gift, and the iPod was placed unopened on a closet shelf, where it sat for almost two decades. »
Rally originally put the iPod up for $5 per share with 5,000 shares available, and a new buyout offer was placed for $29,000 recently. Existing shareholders voted on the buyout and approved it, resulting in a new record.
If you somehow have an unopened iPod sitting in a cupboard somewhere, now might be a good time to dust it off and consider selling it for a huge profit. Even with inflation, the $399 purchase price can’t compete with this kind of figure.
It isn’t just iPods, either. A 4GB original iPhone recently sold for another record, an incredible $190,000. That’s an incredible amount of money and it’s likely to only appreciate in value, too.