While some people are more than happy to discard or trade in their old gadgets for the latest new thing without a second thought or backward glance, there are some who hold onto their outmoded technologies and turn them around into big profits.

Some of these sales took place at storied auction houses while others were just put up for bid on eBay. Read on for some surprising big-ticket tech items.

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1. Apple 1

Bonhams sold

2. iPod classic

Tim Mosenfelder/Stringer | Getty Images iPod

3. iPhone 5

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4. VHS

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5. Nintendo Entertainment System

David Greedy/Stringer | Getty Images auctioned

6. Kenbak-1

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