It’s surely a retro gamer’s dream – but you’ll have to be a well-heeled one to bid for Atari’s marketing archives, which are up for grabs at Sotheby’s in New York, with an estimate of around $150k – $200k.
For that kind of cash, you would expect a lot. And that’s what you get – around 2,000 items of original material dating from 1981 – 1983 (aka Atari’s golden age). That includes manuscript memorandum, internal specification guidelines, original sketches, blue lines, mechanicals, proofs, colour separations (including acetates), and screen diagrams. The majority relates to games and consoles, but it does includes some early design and graphic work for game characters and components.
If you want to know more, you’ll have to register with Sotheby’s. Then re-mortgage the house.
Details on the Sotheby’s site
Via Boing Boing