New Record: Super Mario 64 Video Game Sells For $1.56 Million
The auction price record for a video game was broken on Sunday 11 July.
A copy of Super Mario 64 sold for $1,560,000 (£1,126,000), with Dallas-based auctioneers Heritage Auctions saying it is the first game ever sold at auction to bring more than $1 million (£722,125).
The result smashed the previous world record, set just two days ago when Heritage sold The Legend of Zelda (Wata 9.0 A Sealed [No Rev-A, Round SOQ, Early Production], NES Nintendo 1987 USA) for $870,000 (£628,000), at the time the most ever paid for a video game at auction.
"After the record-breaking sale of the first game in the Zelda series on Friday, the possibility of surpassing $1 million on a single video game seemed like a goal that would need to wait for another auction,” Heritage Auctions Video Games Specialist Valarie McLeckie said.
“We were shocked to see that it turned out to be in the same one! We are proud to have been a part of this historic event, and look forward to being on the forefront of the video game hobby and serving such a dedicated collector community in the years to come.”
The game is the highest-graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 – the first 3D adventure of Nintendo's mascot, Mario.