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Nintendo Super Mario Bros. video game sets record selling for $114,000. Do you have a sealed copy?

  • July 11, 2020

Time to check your attic for sealed old video games.

An unopened Super Mario Bros. video game released in 1985 for Nintendo’s NES console broke the world record for the most ever paid for any video game, according to Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

A bidder, who wished to remain anonymous, snapped up the game for $114,000 during an auction conducted by Heritage Friday during its Comics Comic Art event, which continues through Sunday. The previous record was set in early 2019 when an unopened copy of the same game sold for $100,150. 

“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,” Valarie McLeckie, Heritage video games director, said in a news release.

A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. sold for $114,000 in an auction.

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The game was part of a collection of video games from the 1980s and 1990s that sold to various buyers for nearly $700,000, exceeding Heritage Auction’s pre-auction estimate of $428,000.

“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,” McLeckie said in the release.

Other titles auctioned off included “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!” a 1987 video game based on the former heavyweight boxing champion, which sold for $50,400. The first sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. from 1990 sold for $38,400. 

The Comics Comic Art event continues Saturday with two sessions and a final Internet session with 189 video game lots begins at 1 p.m. CT Sunday, according to the release.

Contributing: Associated Press

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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