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The Video Game Even Queen Elizabeth II Couldn’t Resist

Impressed by her alleged love for the iconic console, THQ — the now-defunct American video game company behind franchises like “Darksiders” and “Saints Row” — went ahead and sent over a 24-carat gold-plated Nintendo Wii as a gift straight to Buckingham Palace. Talking about the extravagant gift fitting for royalty, THQ product manager Danielle Robinson said in a 2009 press release, “the Queen wouldn’t want to play on any old console, so an extra-special gold one was commissioned.”

Interestingly, it appears that the blingy Nintendo Wii never actually reached the queen due to security rules that prevented the palace from signing for and accepting the package. Instead, a couple of years later, it landed in the hands of a collector named Donny Fillerup who put it up for auction on eBay last year, as detailed in an interview with Console Variations. Back then, the device was listed with a starting bid of $300,000. Unfortunately, the auction ran into an eBay policy roadblock and the listing was soon removed without finding a buyer willing to splurge on the collector’s item.

It subsequently switched home and eventually landed at Goldin, where it was finally sold for a much lower winner’s bid of $30,000. However, it appears that luxe consoles draped in the precious metal are not a Nintendo exclusive. If you’ve got deep enough pockets, luxury brand Caviar will make you a custom PlayStation 5 adorned with crocodile leather and solid gold plates and another design variation with ornately crafted solid 18K yellow gold.

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