The world’s biggest video game collection containing over 11,000 games has been sold for $750,000 at auction.
The collection, whose size was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, had a starting price of just $1. But 11 days and 56 bids later the price had risen to $750,250 after the seller, Michael Thomasson from Hamburg, New York, was forced to sell because of family commitments.
“I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed,” explained Thomasson in his GameGavel listing. “While I do not wish to part with these games, I have responsibilities that I have made to others and this action is how I will help meet them.”
The 11,000-plus collection, which Thomasson started in 1982, includes complete US sets of games for 22 consoles, including the Sega Dreamcast, Atari Jaguar, 3DO and Nintendo Virtual Boy, as well as near complete collections for 14 other consoles and thousands of other games for 68 further gaming machines.
Two games bought every single day for 20 years
The Guinness Book of World Records certified the collection at 10,607 games in 2012 as the world’s largest, accrued at a rate of around two games a day for 20 years. Since then, Thomasson – a former independent game shop owner – has added over 400 to the pile.
“Approximately a quarter of the collection is new factory sealed! There are a whopping 2600+ factory shrink-wrapped titles in the collection! Over 8,300 are complete with box and manual,” said Thomasson.
The winning bidder, known only as peeps_10091970, was locked in a bidding war with another buyer, catch123, on the GameGavel site, driving the price up from $150,000 eventually winning with a $750,250 bid on Wednesday 11 June.
Whether $750,000 is enough for a collection of this size and completeness is up for debate, but while Thomasson is sad to part with his enormous collection, he is certain this isn’t the end of his game collecting.
“I’ve sold my collection many times in the past and still managed to capture Guinness’ attention, and it is entirely possible that I may again,” he said.
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