This sealed and graded Wata 9.8 A+ copy of Super Mario Bros. is now the most expensive video game ever sold at $2-million. An anonymous buyer made the offer on collectibles website Rally and the shareholders of this game approved of the sale. How does Rally work? It’s basically a trading platform that allows investors to own a piece of collectibles ranging from supercars to sports memorabilia by letting them buy fractional shares in some of the most sought-after collectibles in the world.
The game’s IPO last August had pegged its valuation at $150,000, but shares of the game last traded at a market cap of $690,000 before being bought out by the anonymous investor. This comes on the heels of a $1.56 million sale for a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 through Heritage Auctions in July and doesn’t seem too far-fetched considering this was the classic that started the side-scrolling platforming craze.
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I think that we’re starting to see the natural progression of ‘What else? What are the things that have appreciated in value from my childhood that have that nostalgia?’” said Rob Petrozzo, one of the founders of the collectibles site, Rally.