Heritage Auctions in Dallas said the video game was sold on Friday.
An unopened copy of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. that was bought in 1986 and then forgotten about in a desk drawer has sold at auction for $660,000.
It's the most ever paid for a video game, according to a news release from Heritage Auctions, which ran the sale. That distinction was previously held by another copy of the same game, which sold for $114,000 in July.
“It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it,”
the seller, who asked not to be identified, told Heritage Auctions.
“I never thought anything about it.”
Valarie McLeckie, who oversees video game sales at Heritage Auctions, said that the game was produced in late 1986 during a brief period when the games were sealed with plastic shrink wrap, rather than sticker seal, and before another packaging variation was introduced in 1987.
“Since the production window for this copy and others like it was so short, finding another copy from this same production run in similar condition would be akin to looking for a single drop of water in an ocean,” Ms. McLeckie said in the statement. “Never say never, but there’s a good chance it can’t be done.”
A sealed variant of Super Mario Bros. 3 broke that record in November, selling for $156,000, the company said.