It is no news that vintage game merchandise sells at whopping prices. And claiming high moolah, similarly, is a sealed copy of the Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, currently available for sale for a cool $310,000+. The original 1989 copy is being auctioned by Heritage Auctions and could be all yours if you have the commanding price to spare.
The copy is also expected to break the record for the highest amount paid for a single video game at the auction house. Commenting on it, Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions video games director, said, “This particular copy was produced in late 1986, which means it was one of the earliest copies produced that had plastic shrink wrap, rather than sticker seal, and a perforated cardboard hang tab.”
She further added, “Since the production window for this copy and others like it was so short, finding another copy from this same production run in similar condition would be as hard as looking for a single drop of water in an ocean. Never say never, but there’s a good chance it can’t be done.”
Surprisingly, the sealed copy was listed at a mere $25 back in 1985 when it first went on sale in the US. Bids for its purchase are currently being accepted, with the highest offer standing at $310,000. In 2020, a similar copy of Super Mario Bros.. 3 was sold for $156,000. It currently holds the record for the most expensive video game ever auctioned.
Update – In a new record, this unopened Super Mario game was finally sold for $660,000.
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