Ultra-rare Nintendo PlayStation sells for $300,000
The ultra-rare prototype 'Nintendo Playstation', which was rediscovered in an attic in 2015, has sold at auction for $300,000.
U.S. — The ultra-rare prototype 'Nintendo PlayStation', which was rediscovered in an attic in 2015, has sold at auction for $300,000.
The console was initially constructed as part of a doomed collaboration between Japanese juggernauts, Sony and Nintendo.
The project came to an end when Nintendo suddenly announced a partnership with Sony rival, Philips; which led Sony to make the PlayStation One.
Around 200 prototypes for the Nintendo PlayStation are believed to have been made, but most were eventually scrapped, and only one is publicly known to still exist.
According to Eurogamer, the functioning Nintendo PlayStation toured the world but was eventually put up for auction last month through Heritage Auctions. The bidding process came to an end on the 6th of March with the final bid reaching $300,000.
Despite wanting to keep his identity secret at first, 51-year-old real estate and tech entrepreneur, Greg McLemore had been identified as the buyer. McLemore is most notable for founding Toys.com and Pets.com.
McLemore told Forbes, "I'm looking to not have this machine just buried in a closet somewhere."
He said that he wants to take his collection—which he estimates includes over 800 coin-operated machines and countless other smaller games, trade magazines and original art—and build a permanent museum.
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