Su­per Mario sells for £77K

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“He was given a life sen­tence for mur­der­ing two Al­ba­nian men with his brother in a re­venge killing.

“The vic­tims had ap­par­ently com­mit­ted a rob­bery in the fugi­tive’s fam­ily home, where they car­ried out an of­fen­sive ges­ture to­wards the broth­ers’ honour which led to the re­venge act.

“The de­tainee and his brother shot them dead with a ri­fle and a pis­tol, killing them with a fi­nal shot from close range.

“The mo­tive was the of­fen­sive ges­ture, which AN UN­OPENED Su­per Mario Bros game from the 1980s has been sold for £77,500.

The copy was cer­ti­fied by video game grad­ing ser­vice Wata Games with a “near mint” grade of 9.4 and a “seal rat­ing” of A++.

Wata Games’s Ken­neth Thrower said: “Beyond the artis­tic and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of this game is its supreme state of preser­va­tion.

“Not only are all of NES sticker sealed games ex­tremely rare, but by their na­ture of not be­ing sealed in shrink wrap they usu­ally ex­hibit sig­nif­i­cant wear after 30 years.”

The buy­ers in­cluded auc­tion­eer Jim Halperin of Dal­las, coin dealer and video game collector Rich Lecce of Boca Raton, Florida, and video game store owner Zac Gieg of Lan­caster, Penn­syl­va­nia.

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