Several months ago an acquaintance I help with tech stuff from time to time gave me a 16GB 3rd generation iPhone (the one just prior to the iPhone 4) to use, destroy or tinker with as I wished. The casing had a good accompaniment of normal use dings and scratches, and it had a shattered screen. Interestingly the touch capability still worked perfectly over the 40% or so of the screen surface that was not shattered. All other functions of the phone worked fine.
I threw it in a drawer not thinking it was even worth my time to list it on eBay until I was bored and checked out the sold prices for broken iPhones and was shocked. Long story short I listed it, it was bid up ferociously, and it sold for around $240+shipping. This is not an exception due to my mad listing skillz, many similar busted screens iPhones sell for similar prices.
I have to admit I’m still curious about why anyone would pay this kind of money for a busted last generation iPhone? Why are they so valuable?