But the death of the Apple co-founder last week had no such effect on Apple collectibles, from still-working 1980s computers to floppy disc sets.
Instead, the flood of media coverage has spawned a tsunami of iJunk with very few takers, while prices for bona-fide Apple treasures have remained pretty much where they stood a month ago.
The big losers: "Steve Jobs Apple R.I.P." t-shirts, which have flat-lined sales-wise even though they are available on eBay in 15 colors and sizes from S to XXL at the most un-Apple-like price point of $7.98 plus $4.98 shipping.
Image: A figure of Apple founder Steve Jobs is seen in an craft shop in Naples October 7, 2011.
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