Nick Bilton, a New York Times columnist and author of "Hatching Twitter," offered this gem on his own Twitter account this morning about the gold-plated version of the iPhone 5s.

Initial sales of the 24-karat gold plated iPhone -- which is identical to a standard iPhone 5S save for the gold-plated case -- sold for as much as $10,000 in eBay resales initially. Current list price is about $1000.

One writer speculated that the informal appellation could be a kind of honor for the reality television star and socialite. Kardashian bought an earlier model gold iPhone 5 and boasted of it on Twitter. Other reporters seemed faintly embarrassed by the whole line of consideration.