iPhone on auction for $125k - because it has Flappy Bird

An iPhone is going for as much as US$98,100 (nearly S$125,000) on an online auction site, with its main selling point being that it has the Flappy Bird game installed.

Created by Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird is a simple smartphone application that skyrocketed to huge popularity not long ago.

Players have to navigate a bird through pairs of pipes at varying heights by tapping on the screen without hitting any obstacles.

Despite its huge success and lucrative revenue, Dong announced via Twitter that he was taking down the game from Apple and Google App Stores a few days ago.

He wrote: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.

"It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird', please don't ask. "

According to a report on Kokatu, the now-defunct game seems to have become a collectible ever since it was taken down from stores, and eBay users are apparently bidding for an iPhone 5S with the game installed.

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