A rare, vintage Nintendo PlayStation video game console sold at auction for a shocking $360,000 (around R5,800,000).
The winning bid was from Greg McLemore, founder and owner of Pets.com and Toys.com, according to CNN.
“It’s the single most expensive thing I’ve ever bought outside of a house,” McLemore told CNN Business.“I believe I got a great deal… To me it was worth it, especially when combined with the rest of my collection, the whole of which tells a story I want to save for society.”
The PlayStation is believed to be the only prototype left of a partnership between Sony and Nintendo. The console supported CD’s and was a failed collaboration from the 1990s.
“The other 199 prototypes purported to exist were allegedly destroyed when the partnership between Nintendo and Sony was officially severed, and, though it isn’t certain, it is entirely possible this unit narrowly missed that fate,” Valarie McLeckie, consignment director of video games at Heritage Auctions, which held the auction for the console, said in a press release.
This is a precursor to the later Sony Playstation, which was released in 1994.
The auction gathered interest from many buyers including museums and the person McLemore outbid, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey.
McLemore told CNN, that he plans to work with museums to have the rare gaming artifact on display for others to see.