Last month, we reported that the only working prototype Nintendo PlayStation was on auction at Heritage Auction, and on Friday, March 6, the auction closed off at a record-breaking $360,000, paid by an undisclosed buyer. 57 bids were cast by several potential buyers, including video game archivist Palmer Lucky.
The price is the highest bid ever offered for a video game auction item, according to Heritage Auction, and for good reason. It’s one of the only living relics from a tumultuous development period that had talks between Nintendo and Sony fall apart, only for Sony to repurpose the developed technology into the Sony PlayStation. The prototype was allegedly originally owned by Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Olaf Olafsson, who left it behind at his company Advanta Corp. when moving to a different company. The previous owner, Terry Diebold, found it while working at Advanta, and later sent it to Youtuber Ben Heckendorn for repairs. The prototype can play CDs, but doesn’t have any software to go with the hardware. The prototype is also known as the Super NES CD-ROM System, and is supposedly only the only surivivng unit out of 200 pre-production units.
The only Nintendo PlayStation prototype has now been auctioned to an anonymous bidder.