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Vintage Super Mario Bros. Game Sold At Auction For £90,000

Vintage Super Mario Bros. Game Sold At Auction For £90,000

A vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has sold for $114,000 (£90,314.92) at auction.

The unopened copy of the classic smashed the record for video game sales when it went up on Friday (10 July).

It broke the previous record set by another copy of the same game, which was sold for $100,150 (£79,342.45) last year.

The game was originally released in 1985 for Nintendo's NES console, and was sold during an auction held by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

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According to reports, part of the reason it reached such a value was due to the fact that it was part of a short production run of the game.

Also, its plastic packaging with a cardboard hangtab underneath the plastic indicates that it was one of the first batches produced by the gaming giant.

Speaking about the sale, Heritage Auctions Video Games Director Valarie McLeckie said she was confident the game would command such a high price.

The Super Mario game sold for $114,000. Credit: Heritage Auctions
The Super Mario game sold for $114,000. Credit: Heritage Auctions
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She said: "The demand for this game was extremely high, and if any lot in the sale could hit a number like that, it was going to be this one.

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"We knew this would be a strong live session, but I don't think anybody could have anticipated how much bidding action there was on Heritage Live! and the phones. These results only verify Heritage Auctions' position in this rapidly growing market."

This comes after an extremely rare Pokémon card went up for auction this month, selling for $90,000 (£71,301.25).

Ahead of the sale, Heritage Auctions referred to the Pokémon Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer card as the 'holy grail' for collectors, and with only seven ever made, you can see why.

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In fact, the cards were originally given to the winners of tournaments in Japan, with the nifty bonus of granting them entry to the 1999 finals in Tokyo.

A rare Pokemon card sold for $90,000. Credit: Heritage Auctions
A rare Pokemon card sold for $90,000. Credit: Heritage Auctions

The auction house's description read: "Holy Grail Alert! This lot features perhaps the most sought-after card, and arguably one of the rarest cards in the entire Pokémon Trading Card Game, a 1999 Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer Card graded a perfect GEM MINT 10.

"It literally does not get any better than this! The card reads: 'The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament's champion is recognised here, and this honour is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle'.

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"The finals of this tournament were a secret, hence the name of the tournament - you only found out the location after winning one of these cards in one of seven regional tournaments.

"This particular card was given to one of the seven first place winners! The finals took place in Tokyo on August 22, 1999. Due to the fact that there were only seven regional tournaments it's estimated that there's also only seven of these cards in the world."

Featured Image Credit: Heritage Auctions

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]