A charity auction sees the limited edition console bearing the serial number “00001” go for more than Sony expected.
The first of a limited run of PlayStation 4’s released last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original PlayStation has sold at auction for $128,000. Bidders ramped up the price on the console, which bears the serial number “00001,” at a charity auction held by Sony Computer Entertainment in Japan. In total 1.585 bids were placed with the final sale price ending at 15,135,000 yen (around $128K/£85K)
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal a Sony representative noted that “We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations.”
Sony are now in the process of contacting the winning bidder to take payment, which will then be donated to Save The Children Japan as well as an equal amount of money from Sony themselves.
A total of 12,300 anniversary edition PlayStation 4’s styled to look like the original PlayStation were produced by Sony, with the company offering them on sale in various different ways across the globe. In the UK a contest was set up to decide who would be able to buy one.