Kotaku reports that Terry Diebold, who purchased the Nintendo PlayStation in 2009 from an auction lot of abandoned property from a former Sony executive, will auction the console in February 2020 through Heritage Auctions.Diebold started touring the system around the world at classic gaming expos in 2015 with his son but says that those ventures were funded out of pocket and that he can no longer be burdened by the costs. “I can’t keep losing money. I’ve put a lot of work into this by traveling with it and we have made nothing on it,” Diebold told Kotaku via email. “Every trip that we… have taken with it has cost us money out of pocket.”
The Sony PlayStation (or Super NES CD-ROM System) was a prototype machine that could play both NES cartridge games and CD games. It was meant to be a partnership device between Sony and Nintendo before the latter abruptly called off the partnership to work with Philips instead.
Heritage Auctions is the same organization that sold the record-breaking $100,000 Super Mario Bros. NES cartridge back in February. Heritage Auctions told Kotaku that the Nintendo PlayStation is “definitely going to sell, and the market will determine the value,” but says there’s no way to tell the price as a prototype like this has never been auctioned before.Diebold previously turned down a $1.2 million offer from someone in Norway because after taxes, paying off his debts, and splitting the profit 50-50 with his son there would be nothing left.
Unfortunately, this sale would mean that the device gets sold off into a private collection. UK-based PR Ryan Brown said on Twitter that they attempted to convince Diebold to preserve the console in a museum with no luck. Though there’s a chance the new owner could exhibit the device after purchase.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.