1985 Video Game Brings a Record $114K at Auction

'Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!' finished a distant second in bidding
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2020 10:22 AM CDT
Video Game Brings $114K, Knocking Out Mike Tyson
This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows the back of an unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game that has been sold for $114,000.   (Emily Clemens/Heritage Auctions via AP)

An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago. A bidder who wished to remain anonymous snapped up an early version of the pioneering Super Mario Bros. game released in 1985 for Nintendo's NES console, the AP reports, during an auction conducted Friday by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. The $114,000 price eclipsed Heritage Auctions' previous record amount for a video game, which was a $100,150 bid made early last year for an unopened copy of the same game.

The Super Mario Bros. copy that sold for a new record was part of a collection of video games from the 1980s and '90s that sold to various buyers for nearly $700,000, which was well above Heritage Auction's initial target of about $500,000. Other titles auctioned off included “Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!" a 1987 video game based on the former heavyweight boxing champion, that sold for $50,400. (A rare version from a Super Mario Bros. test launch sold last year.)

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