A prototype of the Nintendo Play Station, a console that never came on the market, fetched $ 360,000 at an auction this weekend, CNN reports. Greg McLemore, founder of Pets.com and Toys.com, had won the bid and beaten other collectors, including Palmer Luckey, CEO of Oculus VR.
The console is one of only 200 prototypes that emerged from a failed partnership between Sony and Nintendo in 1991. Forbes describes the device as a Super NES with a CD-ROM drive. Heritage Auctions' Valerie McLeckie, where the console was offered, tells CNN that the other 199 prototypes were destroyed when the Sony / Nintendo deal failed. Sony released its first PlayStation in 1994.
According to Polygon, this prototype of Nintendo Play Station was discovered by a man named Terry Diebold in a box that once belonged to former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Olaf Olafsson. The two had both worked at Advanta Corporation, and when that company went bankrupt, the console was one of many items that ended up in a private auction. So Diebold acquired it.
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McLemore says the console is "the most expensive thing I've ever bought outside a home," adding, "It was worth it, especially when combined with the rest of my collection," reports CNN. This collection includes more than 800 coin-operated machines as well as smaller games, magazines and art with which McLemore wants to create a permanent museum, according to Forbes.
"I don't want this machine to be buried anywhere in a closet," says McLemore.