How times have changed. In the past, gold and stocks could land you with a pot of gold. These days, a vintage copy of Nintendo game could too. Case-in-point: a sealed copy of the Super Mario Bros. 3 has recently set a world’s record for the highest price paid for a video game at auction.
Do not confused with the Super Mario Bros. previously closed at over US$100K. This one here is a new record holder. This copy of sealed Super Mario Bros. 3 was sold in a Heritage Auctions’ sale for a cool US$156,000.
The video game, which was graded Wata 9.2 A+, had an impressive opening bid of US$62,500. But that number did not last long. All hell broke loose when 20 bidders joined in the fray, pushing the number to a final bid of US$156K.
What makes this copy of Super Mario Bros. so desirable is not because of its remarkable condition; it was the graphic on the packaging itself. It is an exceedingly rare sealed copy with the word “Bros.” formatted to the left and covering one of Mario’s signature white gloves. Apparently, this was a much sought after version of the video game.
The sealed Super Mario Bros. 3 was one of the contributors the largest video-game auction last Friday. In the same auction, a sealed copy of the “Red Version” of 1998’s Pokémon for Nintendo GameBoy, graded Wata 9.8 A++, was sold for US$84,000. Absolutely bonkers. Like, seriously, who would have thought video game could land you with a pot of gold?
Images: Heritage Auctions.