A 1985 unopened copy of the iconic "Super Mario Bros." video game was sold for $ 100,000.
The sale set a new world record for a classified video game, according to Heritage Auctions, which participated in the purchase. The classic Nintendo title was rated by Wata Games experts and received an "almost new" rating of 9.4 and a "seal score" from A ++, he said.
"Beyond the artistic and historical significance of this game, it's its supreme state of conservation," said Kenneth Thrower, co-founder and chief editor of Wata Games, in a statement.
Because of its dazzling popularity, 11 different variants of "Super Mario Bros." were printed between 1985 and 1994, according to Heritage Auctions. "The first two variants are" sticky "copies that were only available on the launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in New York and Los Angeles in 1985 and 1986," said the auction house. auction. "Of all the sealed copies of Super Mario Bros., this is the only copy known as" sealed vignette "."
The game was bought by a group of collectors on February 6th. The group includes Heritage Auctions board co-chair Jim Halperin, owner of Just Press Play Video Games Zac Gieg, and video game collector Rich Lecce, owner of Robert B Lecce Numismatist Inc.
"We all knew how difficult it was to find an open version of this version in good conditions, but finding a sealed one is really something I never thought I'd see, even after selling vintage video games for over 20 years. years, "said Gieg. in the statement.
Gieg compared the video game to the historical comic book "Action Comics # 1". The comic strip, published in 1938, marks the first appearance of Superman. A rare and almost perfect copy of the comic is sold for $ 3.2 million in 2014.
Heritage Auctions of Dallas told Fox News that the sale was a private transaction. "The former owner wants to remain anonymous for security reasons," said a spokesman for the auction house.
"I am very excited about our purchase of the Super Mario Bros., given the impact that the release of this game has had on the world and that it continues to have," said Halperin. , Heritage Auctions, in the release. The executive has confirmed that "Super Mario Bros." will not appear in a video game auction later this month, but added that it could eventually end up in an auction later.
Vintage technology can be very expensive. In 2014, for example, one of the first Apple-1 computers was auctioned at $ 905,000.