A copy of the original ‘Legend of Zelda’ video game sold at auction for almost a million dollars

An image of the 'Legend of Zelda' video game that was auctioned off.
The ‘Legend of Zelda’ video game that was auctioned off. Heritage Auctions
  • A sealed copy of “The Legend of Zelda” was sold at an auction on Friday for $870,000.
  • The sealed copy had a 9.0 grade from Wata Games, a prominent game grading company.
  • It was a rare variant of the game that was produced in 1987 before being replaced by another varient in 1988.
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A sealed copy of “The Legend of Zelda” video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System just sold at an auction for $870,000.

The winning bid on Heritage Auctions broke a record for the most expensive video game ever sold, The Verge reported, citing the previous record as a copy of “Super Mario Bros.” that sold for $660,000.

The sealed copy of “The Legend of Zelda” had a 9.0 grade from Wata Games, a prominent game grading company.

According to a description of the game on the auction site Heritage Auctions, the copy auctioned off is a No Rev-A Round SOQ model, which was produced briefly in 1987 before being replaced by a new Rev-A variant in 1988.

“‘The Legend of Zelda’ marks the beginning of one of the most important sagas in gaming; its historical significance can’t be understated,” Heritage Auctions Video Games Director Valarie McLeckie said in a statement before the auction. “This is the only copy from this production run we’ve ever offered in sealed condition, and may very well be the only one we ever offer in this elite level of preservation for many years.”