Bidding for this rare copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 started at $ 62,000 and 20 participants fought for the chance to buy it, making it the world’s first multi-million dollar video game auction.
“Although the condition of the game is remarkable, what makes this copy even more unique is the layout of the package itself: Extremely rare are sealed copies with the word” Bros. “, Formatted on the left, covering one of Mario’s signed white gloves,” A press release from Heritage Auctions states. “Collectors spend years searching for such a version – the earliest in Super Mario Bros.3 production history – and usually come out empty-handed. “
This particular copy received a rating of Wata 9.2 A +. In July, another version of Super Mario Bros. 3 with a rating of Wata 9.0 A is selling for $ 38,400 USD.Friday was another big day for video games, as a sealed copy of Pokemon’s “Red Version” for the 1998 Nintendo Game Boy – which was valued at Wata 9.8 A ++ – sold for $ 84,000, making it the highest price ever paid for a pokemon title. In addition, its final price was four times higher than its pre-sale forecast.
In 2019, we delved into why the super-rare copy of NES’s Super Mario Bros. sells for over $ 100,000 and why some are winning these high prices. Speaking of high prices, a prototype Nintendo PlayStation console also sold for $ 360,000 at auction earlier this year, making 2020 an important and remarkable year for collectibles for video games.
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