Michael Thomasson, Guinness world record holder for the largest video game collection, will be passing that title to someone else now as he has sold it for $750,250 to the highest bidder on GameGavel.com.
The auction began on June the 11th, with a starting bid of one dollar and concluded with fifty-six bids. Oculus Rift creator, Palmer Lucky even got in on the action with two bids of $50,000 and $90,001. However, he was no match for two other bidders. Once the price hit $150,000 the two went back and forth, constantly out-bidding one another.
Thomasson said that he has been putting about $3,000 dollars a year, for the last 20 years, into his collection of 11,000 unique games and 100 consoles. Within that collection were over 2,600 factory sealed games, complete collections for 21 U.S. consoles, and nearly complete sets for fourteen others. On his site, gooddealgames.com, he details the games in the collection; listing each title in the impossibly long list.
This isn’t the end of the line for Michael Thomasson‘s video game collecting days. He reassured everyone that he is not leaving the gaming industry. He simply needed to sell his collection in order to uphold certain responsibilities to his immediate and extended family.