DALLAS – It truly is the stuff of legend.
The only copy of The Legend of Zelda from one of the earliest production runs ever offered sold for a jaw-dropping record of $870,000 Friday at Heritage Auctions in the first signature auction of video games ever held.
The result smashes the previous record set by a copy of Super Mario Bros. that Heritage sold in April 2021 for $660,000.
“I had a lot of confidence in this game, and, yet, I still feel like the reality of today’s bidding exceeded my vision of how it would play out,” Heritage Auctions Video Games Specialist Valarie McLeckie said. “Making history is never an easy thing. I’m just really proud we got to be part of this yet again.”
It is widely believed that the copy sold Friday is one of just two sealed “NES TM” copies graded by Wata. Graded 9.0, it is from a variant of the game that was produced for just a few months in late 1987 before it was replaced by the “Rev-A” variant in early 1988. The “NES R” variant was preceded by just one other variant: the “NES TM” variant, which is the true first production run.
The copy of previous record holder Super Mario Bros. from 1985 is Wata 9.6 A+ sealed.
The auction continues with an internet session at 1 p.m. (Central time) Sunday.
More results of Friday’s Heritage auction are here.