The VHS was sealed, in near mint condition, and belonged to the actor who played Biff Tannen.
DALLAS — What’s the most you would pay for a VHS today? What if it was a near mint condition VHS owned by one of the actors in the film?
Well, a New York collector at a Dallas auction was willing to pay $75,000 for a sealed copy of Back to the Future that belonged to Tom Wilson, who played Biff Tannen in the film.
This deal set a new auction record for the highest price ever paid at auction for a sealed, graded VHS, according to a Heritage Auctions press release.
The sale included 260 VHS tapes and attracted nearly 600 bidders from around the world, raising $584,750. Copies of Back to the Future II and Back to the Future III also sold at the auction for $16,250 and $13,750, respectively. A boxed VHS set of the entire trilogy also sold for $10,000.
“This is the first box set to ship from the studio Back to the Future trilogy,” Wilson told Heritage Auctions. “The urge to open this, to open the shrink wrap, was almost unbearable for me because it doesn’t just contain Back to the future I and II and – mint – but also the documentary Secrets of Back to the Future trilogy.”
Wilson wrote notes with each of the tapes and offered to autograph each container for successful bidders.
Several other VHS tapes were also sold, including one for The Goonies and Jaws.
“The results of Tom Wilson Back to the Future ribbons, to the idiots and Jaw and ghostbusters and many others were nothing short of amazing,” VHS Consignment Director Jay Carlson told Heritage Auctions. “VHS collectors have never walked away, but interest in sealed VHS has grown over the last few years in ways few could have imagined. A few years ago, sealed VHS collectors were outliers in the collecting community, so seeing them grow and attract enough new collectors to warrant a standalone auction at a major auction house is really something. From what I’ve seen today, VHS and home media have a bright future and Heritage is just getting started.”
https://www.fox43.com/article/entertainment/back-to-the-future-vhs-sold-75k-dallas-setting-auction-record/287-c391808c-aa01-474d-bc4c-442914ba71c3 Back to the Future VHS sold for $75K in Dallas