Sealed copy of Super Mario Bros

This copy of the'Super Mario Bros. for NES sold for $100,150 in a recent auction

This copy of the'Super Mario Bros. for NES sold for $100,150 in a recent auction

If the Super Mario Bros. theme song fills you with joy, then ask yourself, how much would you be willing to pay for a super-rare, unopened copy of the original game from 1985?

"We all knew how hard it is to find an open copy of this version in nice condition, but to find one still sealed is truly something I thought I would never see, even after selling vintage video games for over 20 years", said Gieg in the statement.

The game came out in 1985 after the video game crash of 1983, in which other makers - including Atari and Intellivision - pumped out low-quality games and many people regarded the industry as a fad. Super Mario Bros. launched the world's largest game franchise and this copy is the only known sealed example from Nintendo's test market release. The new owners liken this item to Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) for comic collectors. You can buy a loose copy of the Super Mario Bros. cartridge for a few bucks. Put it into a box with some wear and tear, and you'll maybe spend $US50 ($70).

Imperfect versions of this game can be found for less than $100, but this edition was special. The classic Nintendo title was graded by experts at Wata Games and received a "Near Mint" grade of 9.4 and a "Seal Rating" of A++, it said. Eventually, three prominent game collectors stepped up to split the $100,150 cost via Heritage Auctions.

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The game was purchased as a joint effort on February 6 by a group of collectors, including renowned coin dealer Rich Lecce, the founder of the auction house itself Jim Halperin, and multiple video game collectors.

"I've always said, video games are going to go the way of comics, or cars, or coins; it's only a matter of time until a video game sells for a million dollars", Khan said.

It handily beat the previous record, a copy of Super Mario Bros from a later print run that sold on eBay in 2017 for $42,000.

Depending on the variety, you may have to cough up six figures.

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