The Jony Ive and Marc Newson Project (RED) auction held just a few weeks ago at Sotheby’s was without question a rousing success. Many items yielded winning bids that were hundreds of thousands of dollars more than what auction officials were anticipating. All told, millions of dollars were raised and subsequently donated to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

With Ive being one of the two designers curating the auction block, there were two Apple-centric items up for bid. One was a one-of-a-kind red Mac Pro that fetched US$977,000. The other was an 18k gold pair of Apple EarPods that were purchased for $461,000.

The money and person behind these winning bids has remained a mystery, until now.

Two photos posted to Twitter today seem to indicate that former Apple executive Tony Fadell, the podfather himself, may have picked up not one, but both items.

The photos come courtesy of photographer Kevin Abosch, who tweeted that his “friend” Fadell came by sporting some unique hardware.

Tony Fadell, the Podfather himself, appears to have purchased the red Mac Pro and gold EarPods from Jony Ive’s auction originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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