A pristine copy of a classic Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda sold for a record price of 870,000 USD at auction. This unopened game comes from the original limited production run of the NES game released in 1987. It is believed to be one of two NES TM clones later replaced by the popular NES R variant once the following year.
Heritage Auctions, who presided over the auction, called the sealed copy of Zelda “the indifference of rarity, cultural significance and central collections. A proverbial trilogy of collector perfection that only one can receive the honor of calling his own.”
The sale price of $870,000 eclipsed the previous highest sale price from earlier this year when a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. earned $660,000 in April.
Valarie McLeckie, Video Game Specialist for Heritage Auctions, said: “I have great confidence in this game, however, I still feel the reality of today’s bidding has exceeded my vision of how it will happen”. “Making history is never easy. I’m really proud that we get to be a part of this again.”
First launched in 1986, The Legend of Zelda has become one of Nintendo’s most iconic franchises. The game was so successful that the last installment, 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will get a sequel next year.