The iPhone, codenamed "Project Purple", dates from 2006 and was handcrafted to the "Cupertino, California" listing. For this reason, it has a few differences with the iPhone, which was finally released by Apple in 2007. For starters, it's heavier at 144.5g, compared to the 135g of the iPhone 2G, it contains several internal components, including battery and WiFi modules, and has no FCC etching on the back.
The prototype is in use and has "some signs of cosmetic wear", but appears to be fully functional with Bluetooth.
At the time of writing, it is currently for $ 33,000 (about £ 25,000). However, there are still more than seven days left and the list has more than 1,1000 deeply buried iFans who keep an eye on it, so bidding probably still has a long way to go.
"For sale is a true first-generation iPhone DVT prototype: this is the ultimate collectible, with over 1 billion iPhones sold (making it the best-selling product in human history), this is an extremely rare opportunity owning one of the first prototypes of the original iPhone the collection reads.
The seller, to get Fanbois hot under the collar, adds that the prototype is "EXTREMELY RARE" and notes that "only a few are known
While a bidding war has already begun, Apple has successfully removed several iPhone prototypes from eBay in the past, so it's still unclear whether this will survive. μ