By Salma Awwad
iPhone 5's gold-coloured version is now more expensive than 24k gold edition of the phone
While Apple’s sold out gold-coloured iPhone 5s is selling on eBay for as much $10,000, the real gold-plated iPhone 5 is retailing for only a fraction of the price.
Available in real 24ct gold, rose gold and platinum, prices range from $2,820 to the most expensive version at $5320.
The genuine gold versions of the iPhone 5 are now sold by Amodoria, Gold & Co. and Goldgenie.
Goldgenie CEO Laban Roomes said, “This has been the most anticipated iPhone ever. We launched our pre-order page on August 28th 2013 and have since had just over 300 orders for various customised finishes.”
“Apple continues to innovate iPhone performance from a hardware & usability perspective. With features such as Touch ID and enhanced security in iOS 7, we estimate that this will by far eclipse all other Gold iPhone sales we have had to date,” he added.
Goldgenie said the iPhone 5 range was now set to surpass the pre-order demand levels for the Samsung S4, which was released earlier this year.
Pre-order demand in the Middle East and amongst Britain’s well heeled, such as David and Victoria Beckham, Usain Bolt, Sir Elton John and Denzel Washington, has continued to increase, with Indian and Chinese customers also showing keen interest in the handset.
Amodoria, a British lifestyle and technology brand, announced the official launch of its first collection in the Middle East on October 1.
Their first collection featured a rose gold and ruby encrusted iPhone 5s that was also less expensive than gold-coloured iPhone 5s available on e-bay.
While London-based Gold &Co displayed their latest gold edition of the iPhone 5s at the World Luxury Expo in Abu Dhabi which retailed for $4,780. Their rose gold edition is priced at $5,070 and the platinum edition is priced at $5,320.
All up, 250 of the handcrafted pieces are available worldwide in each of the fine material options.For all the latest mobile phone news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.