An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros., bought in 1986 and then left in a desk drawer, sold for $ 660,000.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game was sold on Friday.
The auction house said the video game was purchased as a Christmas present but was eventually put in a desk drawer, where it was sealed in plastic and the hanging tab was intact until it was found earlier this year.
“Because the production window for this and similar copies was so short, finding another copy from the same production run in a similar state would be like looking for a single drop of water in an ocean,” said Valarie McLeckie, Heritage video game specialist.
Heritage said it was the best example known to have been professionally valued for auction. Selling price was well above the $ 114,000 that another unopened specimen, made in 1987, fetched at a Heritage auction last summer.