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Doomed luxury phone maker Vertu auctioning its concept phones for $26,000

Vertu is doing what it can to make up for spent R&D. Vertu, known for premium Android handsets that sold for multiple thousands of dollars, announced earlier in 2017 that it would be closing its doors after being sold multiple times in recent years. The company took standard smartphone components, wrapped them in luxurious materials, bundled a concierge service and charged thousands of dollars for the privilege. It wasn’t something most people would use, nor something most people would likely encounter. The company has now announced it would begin auctioning…

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