Yesterday Sony Computer Entertainment put the ultra-rare #00001 PS4 20th Anniversary Edition up for auction in Japan, promising to donate the proceeds to Save the Children, topped by an equivalent donation of its own.
After 24 hours, the amount has reached 10,022,600 yen, which translates to roughly $85,180.
Unfortunately, though the auction has been marred by a high number of prank bids, against which Yahoo Auctions seem to have little protection, forcing Sony to remove several bids (the one mentioned above has been up for quite a while, suggesting that it might be a legitimate bid).
At one time, during the first 24 hours, the top bid was the 9,999,999,999 yen, translating into a crazy $84,987,300. Obviously it was a prank, and Sony deleted it. Earlier today the amount was just over 100,000,000 yen ($850,000), but again it was deemed a prank bid and removed.
It’s certainly unfortunate to see an auction created for a good cause ruined by pranksters, but hopefully it’ll still be a success. With a little more than a day to go, it’ll be interesting to see how high the winning bid will be.
You can check out the auction for yourself here.