A Very Frosty, Expensive Game Boy

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Artist Daniel Arsham, who in 2018 quietly collaborated on one of the sneakers of the year, often makes and sells very expensive, very sought-after stuff on his personal site. Loads of them are from his “future relic” series, where everyday pieces of tech and pop culture are reimagined as archaeological remains, and the next one is the Game Boy.


Many of his previous future relics have sold for $500 retail and then thousands at resale, so this is a little more exclusive than your average Nintendo collectable, even if the crystal effect is just for show (it’s actually made of resin). Whether it’s worth that much to you is up to, well, you.

I’m madly in love with the detail on that cart though.

It’ll go on sale on January 17.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.


I don’t understand modern art. This is literally just a resin mold created out of a couple of 3D printed items to get the depth on the cart and text. Why is this $500+ dollars, and why the heck is a solid resin mold of a Walkman that’s had a chisel taken to it “worth” $4200?

I get classical art (it’s got urns!). I don’t think I’ll ever understand The Bean or its ilk.