If our last look at a Legend of Zelda collectible up for auction didn't already signify how dedicated, yet insane, fans of the series are then this certainly will. A banana yellow coloured prototype cartridge of Link's original Nintendo NES outing has just sold for a record breaking $55,000 on eBay.
Where prototype collecting is concerned the ones which usually fetch high prices are those which feature development code that differs to the retail version. This prototype, however, is thought to be identical to what hit the shop shelves in the late eighties - leaving many collectors puzzled as to its staggering sale price. What makes this more interesting is that the seller originally marked the prototype up at $150,000.
After agreeing to the sale, Tom Curtin was quick to state that the final figure was not the only factor in his decision to part with the prototype.
"I care about the collecting community and giving it a good home was important," he said. "I feel as though that was accomplished. It was also important getting prototype video game collecting into the news. It is amazing what is out there in released and unreleased protos."
"I am satisfied," said Curtin. "Do I think it's worth more? Yes. There was no way I was taking less than the previous world record. The fact that it remained in tact over the last 25 years is amazing. The legacy of this cart and how it came into the hands of the previous owner is incredible."
The new owner of the Legend of Zelda prototype cartridge is yet to step forward, holding an empty rupee wallet.
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