A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 just sold for more than ₹11,545,170
A rare, sealed, copy of the 1990 NES game, Super Mario Bros. 3 has broken all previous records for the highest price paid for a video game at an auction ever. The game was sold for $156,000 at an auction. That’s ₹11,545,170 approx, in case you were wondering.
The older record of the most expensive video game ever auctioned was held by a 1985 copy of Super Mario Bros. that sold for $114,000 ( ₹8,436,855 approx) in July this year.
Bidding for the 1990 Super Mario Bros. 3 opened on Friday at $62,000 on Heritage Auctions and the numbers peaked after 20 bidders began vying for the game.
Heritage Auctions, the auction house that organised the auction and sold the game, said in a release that “While the condition of the game is remarkable, what makes this copy even more singular is the layout of the packaging itself: Exceedingly rare are sealed copies with the word ‘Bros.’ formatted to the left, covering one of Mario's signature white gloves. Collectors have spent years looking for such a version — the earliest in the Super Mario Bros. 3 production history – and usually come up empty-handed”.
The auction house also sold a sealed copy of the “Red Version” of 1998’s Pokemon for the Nintendo Gameboy for $84,000 ( ₹6,214,702 approx). This is the highest that’s ever been paid for a Pokemon title.