Are you an obsessed Apple fan boy (or girl) with an extra $95,000 that you’re just itching to blow? If so, you may be interested to learn what Russia is doing with a piece of Apple history.
Following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, Russia commissioned designer Gleb Tarasov to come up with a humble way of remembering a man that many considered a visionary. The end result was a giant iPhone sculpture erected in the courtyard of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, to pay tribute to Jobs.
There was even a large QR code on the back that, when scanned, would take viewers to a Steve Jobs memorial website.
Earlier this year, however, the tribute was abruptly removed. No official word was given (some said the statue’s screen needed to be repaired) but the move just so happens to coincide with current Apple CEO Tim Cook’s admission that he was gay and proud of it.
The latest development in the matter involves the Russian Holdings Company auctioning off the statue. The 6-foot-tall slab has a starting price of 5 million rubles (roughly $95,000). Money from the auction will reportedly go to a fund that helps young Russian IT developers.
I’d be interested in seeing if Apple (or perhaps one of its shell corporations) buys it for the simple sake of putting the matter to bed.