Forget about your mint condition Black Lotus or your first appearance of Wolverine comic book, original unopened Nintendo games are the latest big ticket items to fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction.
On Friday, July 1oth, a copy of the original Super Mario Bros. sold at auction for a record breaking $114,000. The auction was by Heritage Auctions and was part of a virtual auction event that collected a total of $699,000 for classic Nintendo games. Rolling Stone reports that among the games sold were the original Super Mario Bros. for $114,000, an original copy of Mike Tyson’s Punch Out for $50,000, and a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 with special packaging for $38,000.
Heritage Auctions has another copy of the original Super Mario Bros. currently up for grabs on its website but it only is listed for $26,000 despite being rated slightly higher than the one that sold for $114,000. This is mainly due to the sticker on the front cover and the fact that the $114,000 copy was known to be one of the first few copies to be sold because of its unique packaging.