World's largest video game collection to auction with GameGavel

A video game collection certified as the world's largest by the Guinness Book of Records has come up for sale with GameGavel.

Certified at 10,607 back in 2012, the collection now stands at almost 12,000

The collection attracted huge media attention back in 2012, as Michael Thomasson's amassment was certified at 10,607. It now numbers almost 12,000 games, worthy of a current bid of $50,000. Bids close on June 15.

Sweetening the deal for buyers is the actual Guinness certificate, along with a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine.

New Yorker Thomasson has collected video games for over 30 years, using his position at an independent gaming store to secure the latest titles. Most of them are in pristine collection, still sealed in their original packaging.

"I simply have an immediate family and extended family that have needs that need to be addressed," Thommason stated when asked why he was selling.

"Although I am selling this collection, please do not misunderstand and come to the conclusion that I am leaving the hobby.

"That is definitely not the case. I love games and they are pivotal part of my identity. I will continue to champion them."

Retro games and technology is one of the fastest growing markets in collecting, with nostalgic collectors keen to own the inventions and games of their childhoods. Particularly popular are Apple products, with the company achieving iconic status today.

The original rainbow logos used at Apple's headquarters came to auction with a $15,000 estimate recently.

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