To celebrate the original PlayStation’s launch in Japan in December 1994, Sony released the 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles. They only manufactured 12,300 of these units, each having a serial number embossed on them.
Sony recently held an auction in Japan via Yahoo Auctions of these units. The units were sold for about $425 (¥49,980) but the most special unit with #00001 serial number embedded on it fetched roughly about $129,000 (¥15,135,000) which surprised the company. The company said it was higher than what they were expecting for it, and will be donated to a good cause.
“We appreciate all who participated in the auction and are surprised at the highest bid price, which was higher than our expectations,” a Sony representative told WSJ.
Currently, Sony is reaching out to the winner to arrange for payment. They will be donating all the auction sales money to ‘Save the Children Japan’. The total amount of money that Sony is giving away to the charity will be around $258,000. Sony has sold more that 18.5 million PlayStation generation units in 2-3 months and is planning on expanding the reach of PlayStation with a TV streaming service and Project Morpheus, a virtual-reality headset.