Super Mario sells for £77K
“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.