Skyrim: Wrapped Xbox 360 version of the role-playing game auctioned for $ 600

Skyrim: Wrapped Xbox 360 version of the role-playing game auctioned for $ 600


Maybe not quite as spectacular as the auction of the original boxed copy of Super Mario 64 for $ 1.56 million, but just as curious. An anonymous person bought a copy of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim for Xbox 360 at Heritage Auctions. The price ended up being an astonishing $ 600. The packaging is in excellent condition, but why the buyer wanted to spend so much money on Skyrim remains unclear.

Since the Bethesda RPG was released in 2011, the title has now been featured on almost all available games Platforms republished. However, in the past few days there have been several video game auctions at Heritage Auctions that ended with a higher price than expected. For example, a new Xbox 360 version of Red Dead Redemption went for $ 384. A copy of Tomb Raider for the PS1 fetched as much as $ 144,000.

But even more impressive were the records for the most expensive video game of all time. First, The Legend of Zelda was able to set a new record for the NES at an auction for $ 870,000. Two days later, Super Mario 64 followed for an unbelievable $ 1.56 million, which once again overshadowed the previous record. It is still puzzled here why the buyer spent this high amount. However, according to Heritage Auctions, it is a legitimate buyer who wants to keep his anonymity.

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Someone Bought a Copy of Skyrim for $600 Because of the Auction Craze

Following a sealed copy of Super Mario 64 selling for $1.5 million, collectors are looking for the 'next big thing' that will make them a ton of money. One buyer in particular believes The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim may be it as they have purchased a sealed copy for $600.

As spotted by Axios, this copy of Skyrim sold on Heritage Auctions on the same day as that Super Mario 64 one and is the first time the popular auction site is selling a sealed copy.


'Purely the apotheosis of role-playing games, Skyrim is a game that one could never possibly tire of,' The official description on Heritage Auctions reads. 'Fans sink countless hours in the land of Tamriel, and the love for this game runs deep. We've yet to offer a sealed copy until now, so we would imagine this will be a tough lot to claim!'

This copy of Skyrim boasts a Wata score of 9.2 A+, which is a good score that means it is in 'exceptional condition,' but its not quite to the levels of the copy of Super Mario 64's 9.8 A++.

It will be interesting to see if the value of Skyrim skyrockets like some of these other games, especially considering it is a much newer game (it released in 2011) and is available on every platform ever created ever (ok, not really, but it feels like it!), including Amazon Alexa.

To compare it to other games sold on July 11, a Wata 9.4 A sealed copy of Tomb Raider sold for $144,000 and a Wata 9.0 A sealed copy of Red Dead Redemption sold for $384.

A couple days before, someone purchased an early-90s U.S. Army training device for $18,600 that 'amounts to a replica M16 that can plug into a Super Nintendo.' This rifle was used for SNES' Multi-Purpose Arcade Combat Simulator, which was specifically developed for the U.S. army as a cheaper way to train shooting skills.

This Skyrim story is another instance of the increasing value of video game-related goods. This craze can be seen in its fullest in the Pokemon Trading Card Game, with U.S. retailers limiting or suspending Pokemon card sales due to safety concerns caused by this huge upsurge in demand. Besides the popularity of opening blind packs on Twitch streams, an original Pokemon Trading Card Game Booster Box sold at auction earlier this year for $408,000.

If you'd like to know how much money your Pokemon cards are worth, check out our guide on how to appraise your collection.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.