A smashed iPhone 3GS whose screen bears an almost-exact likeness of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been uncovered in Venezuela.
The iPhone in question was owned by a Miss April Hernandez of Caracas, Venezuela’s capital. However, the iPhone is currently in the hands of the Children’s Museum of Caracas, an institution that seeks to teach children about technology. It is believed that the museum will put the phone on display later this month.
Hernandez was not the person who brought the eerily “biblical” iPhone to the attention of the public, though. That was the work of IT support worker Louis Parcel.
Parcel spotted the iPhone on auction site eBay, where Hernandez had listed the phone. “When I first spotted the phone, I thought what is this crazy [REDACTED] doing listing a cracked iPhone as “slightly used”. But then I saw, dios mio, look it is bossman,” as Parcel detailed on his personal blog.
The “Steve Jobs” iPhone quickly gained online recognition over the weekend after Parcel posted a photo of the mobile on Facebook. However, by this point the phone’s auction listing had been removed from eBay, having breached the site’s listing terms and conditions. The auction included a case, but was not clearly labelled as a “bundle”.
Recognising an opportunity, owner of the iPhone Hernandez reportedly attempted to create a Kickstarter campaign surrounding the iPhone on Sunday 31 March, with the top investment of $1000 giving backers the opportunity to “kiss the holy iPhone”, as the page read.
The Kickstarter campaign has since been removed from Kickstarter’s website. No spokesperson from the company was available to comment on its removal.
We approached Hernandez for comment, but only received the following from her personal email account, “Who is this Steve Jobs? Who are you? Leave me alone.”
The Children's Museum of Caracas, Caracas
It is believed that the Children’s Museum of Caracas has since gained possession of the iPhone 3GS after having offered to replace Hernandez’s smashed phone with a new iPhone 5.
What do you think about the timely appearance of this eerie iPhone? And if you could own a smashed phone bearing the face of a dead celebrity, which celeb would you pick?