Atari Artwork Gets a Bonus Round

In 1985, Pleasanton resident Cort Allen bought $80 worth of used cabinets at an office equipment sale held at Atari. For free, he got what was inside: 350 pounds of original cartridge and game manual artwork for classic Atari games like Dig Dug, as well as prototype renderings of Atari versions of Nintendo characters like Donkey Kong.

Now, MediaNews reports, Allen is cleaning out his garage — his Atari artwork collection is being auctioned by Sotheby’s. For those of you with fond memories of days at the arcade who might be tempted to make a bid, we hope you’ve been saving your quarters: It’s expected to command a price between $150,000 and $250,000.

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