updated 03:56 pm EST, Wed December 11, 2013
Ive-created items sold to Nest creator for $1.4 million
Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod and the founder of Nest, appears to have been the individual who purchased special edition gold Apple EarPods and a red Mac Pro at an auction at Sotheby's. This according to photographer Kevin Abosch, who tweeted images of Fadell with the auctioned items on Wednesday. All told, the two one-of-a-kind Apple products are believed to have cost Fadell around $1.4 million.
Fadell co-founded Nest, which makes a thermostat and a smoke detector that interface with iOS devices and Android devices. Prior to founding that company, he was one of the original creators of the iPod. He served as the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple from March 2006 to November 2008, and is known as "one of the fathers of the iPod."
The EarPods were rose gold, and they sold for $461,000 at the auction. The Red Mac Pro, designed by Apple's Jony Ive and partner Marc Newson, fetched $977,000. Proceeds from the sales went to benefit the Global Fund and Product (RED), which works to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria worldwide.
The two items were among 40 lots created by Ive and Newson and put up for auction. The two spent months selecting novel items and adding their own unique design elements to them. Among the other items on the block were a 1966 bottle of Dom Pérignon housed in a custom red cooler, an aluminum desk, and a custom grand piano.