An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. officially bought in 1986 and then forgotten about in a desk drawer has sold at auction for $660,000.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game sold Friday.
The auction house said that they are buying the video game as a Christmas gift but landed up placed in a desk drawer. Where it remained sealed in plastic and with its hang tab intact until it didn’t find earlier this year.
They say old is gold. Above all, Recent sale has proved that as an unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. It sold at an auction for $660,000. The unopened box left in a drawer in 1986 and forgotten by the owner.
Now, after more than 35 years, Heritage Auctions in Dallas decided to auction the video game.
In the auction Heritage said it is the finest copy predominantly to have professionally graded for auction. Its selling price far exceeded the $114,000 that another unopened copy that produced in 1987 fetched in a Heritage auction last summer.
Finding a similar copy of this game is a hard task now. “Since the production window for this copy and others like. It was so short, finding another copy from this same production. It would be like looking for single drop of water in an ocean.” said Valarie McLeckie, Heritage’s video game specialist.
The selling price for this game copy exceeded the $114,000 which was sold last year, after being produced in 1987.
The Bottom Line
“Considering this game was printed from late ‘85 until the early ‘90s, the number of [mid-‘80s] cardboard hang tab copies to those later ‘90s copies are very few and far between,” McLeckie told Ats. “Most of those earlier copies were purchased and opened because they were closer to the time of the game’s release.”
While Heritage is protecting the anonymity of the seller at their request, McLeckie said this ultra-valuable copy of the game “came from outside the collecting hobby,” which she described as “very curious… an attic find scenario.” McLeckie said she suspects it was simply “purchased [in 1987] and put somewhere and forgotten about. Whoever had it was lucky enough to keep it in a safe space.”