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Out-of-date "vintage" iPhones are being sold on eBay for more than £1,000 as fanbois yearn for the good old days when Apple was golden.

One "super rare retro" first generation iPhone 2G is being sold for £1,399.99, with the seller claiming it is a "vintage collector's item". The unlocked old iPhone comes in its original box, with 8gb of memory, and comes with all the bits and bobs it was packaged alongside back in the day.

"This is for the enthusiast," the seller wrote. "If you're looking for Siri, I suggest you get the iPhone 5."

Another first-gen iPhone is going for £699.

The seller wrote: "4Gb. Yes, 4Gb. Amazing!"

The original iPhone was officially declared "vintage" in June this year, when Apple announced their first mobe would no longer qualify for support.

Deep-pocketed phone mavens can also visit eBay and buy a Sony Cyber-shot K800i for £1,999 - which the seller describes as a "bargain". He also says, apparently without irony:

"No scammers. I have heard them all before."

We described the K800i as the "best 3G handset on the market at the present time" way back in 2006, when it cost £295 without a contract.

Nokia phones don't seem to have held their value quite as well, with a job lot of a thousand classic 3140 models available for just under £3,000. However, there is a gold Nokia Arte 8800 selling for £800.

On eBay, golden versions of the chavphone 5S are going for at least twice that, with one 16gb model from the US priced at a whopping £3986. For that amount of dosh, you could fly business class to America to pick up a golden iPhone from an Apple store (if you can find one which has it in stock) and probably still have some spare change left over to stay in a nice hotel.

Rich, and arguably stupid, folk might want to up their credit card limit to spend £9,999 on a mobile phone battery, which is an Energizer pack for a cordless phone. Alternatively, they might just want to get the same one from Amazon for just under 15 quid.

The most expensive phone currently on eBay is the blinged-up Vertu Diamond, which is currently accepting bids starting at £10,000. This luxury phone is covered in diamond baguettes - and you'll need a lot of dough to buy it. ®

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