An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. that was purchased in 1986 and then left in a desk drawer sold at auction for $ 660,000.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game was sold on Friday.
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The auction house said the game was purchased as a Christmas present, but ended up being placed in a desk drawer, where it remained sealed in plastic and with its tongue intact until it was found earlier this year.
“Since the production window for this copy and others like it was so short, finding another copy of this same production under similar conditions would be similar to looking for a single drop of water in an ocean,” said Valarie McLeckie, video game specialist at Heritage. . .
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Heritage said it is the best known copy that has been professionally rated for auction. Its asking price far exceeded the $ 114,000 obtained by another unopened copy that was produced in 1987 at a Heritage auction last summer.