A gold-plated Nintendo Wii game console originally intended as a gift for Queen Elizabeth II is up for auction. The one-of-a-kind Wii was released by game developer THQ in 2009.
It was intended to promote the mini-game collection Big Family Games. The device failed to pass Buckingham Palace’s strict royal gift procedure, so it was returned back to THQ’s office.
After THQ went bankrupt, the 24-karat gold-plated Wii fell into the hands of Dutch collector Don, who is now auctioning it off. This is the second auction for this Wii console after it was auctioned off on eBay last October. Then it sold for $300,000. This time, the Goldin auction runs through May 21.
This is not a new console with signs of use. It’s also worth noting that Nintendo already closed the Wii store a few years ago. So this device is for collectors only.