'Legend of Zelda' copy sells for $3.3K at auction

This graded copy of Nintendo's 'The Legend of Zelda' sold for more than $3300 at auction. This graded copy of Nintendo's 'The Legend of Zelda' sold for more than $3300 at auction. HERITAGE AUCTIONS

How much would you pay for an old video game?  If that game is the original The Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, how does $3,360 sound?

Dallas-area auction house Heritage Auctions recently put up for bid a selection of 25 certified and graded classic video games with a 9.4/10 graded new-in-box copy of The Legend of Zelda.  Heritage Auctions says the game received more than 30 bids before the auction finally ended.  The version sold included the gray, three-screw version of the cartridge.  The auction house points out that sealed versions of this NES title are exceptionally difficult to locate and the fervor that serious video game collectors seek out rarities like it likely drove up the price.

“A lot of collectors are just as passionate about their childhood games, such as their trading cards or comics,” said Heritage Vice President Barry Sandoval about the results from the Sunday Internet Comics, Animation & Art Auction.  “We thought these certified games would do well, and we weren’t disappointed.”

Another sealed and graded original NES game, 1985's Excitebike, sold for $1,140.  Other graded and sealed retro video games sold in the assortment included Dragon Warrior ($660), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($312), Wario's Woods ($228), and Mega Man 5 ($218).

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer.  Denver-based Wada Games handled the games' grading.

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