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A Magic: The Gathering Artist Proof Black Lotus card, signed by its artist, Christopher Rush, set a new world auction record March 24 when it earned $615,000 at Heritage Auctions. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

Magic: The Gathering card sells for record-setting $615K at Heritage

A Magic: The Gathering Artist Proof Black Lotus card, signed by its artist, Christopher Rush, set a new world auction record March 24 when it earned $615,000 at Heritage Auctions. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com
A Magic: The Gathering Artist Proof Black Lotus card, signed by its artist, Christopher Rush, set a new world auction record March 24 when it earned $615,000 at Heritage Auctions. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com

DALLAS, — A Magic: The Gathering Artist Proof Black Lotus signed by its artist, Christopher Rush, sold March 24 at Heritage Auctions for $615,000. That card, graded Near Mint/Mint+ 8.5 by Certified Guarantee Company, is now the most valuable Magic: The Gathering card ever sold at auction.

The card is part of the collection of Rush’s friend and former agent, Jeff Ferreira, who offered some of his assemblage on March 24 and March 25 in Heritage Auctions’ The Jeff Ferreira Collection Featuring Christopher Rush Collectibles Trading Card Games Signature® Auction.

This magnificent card was being offered at auction for the first time. The Black Lotus is the most powerful card in the game. The card’s population is exceedingly small, and copies — especially signed copies — rarely become available.

“The Black Lotus remains the most desired Magic: The Gathering card in the world,” said Heritage’s Trading Card Games Consignment Director Jesus Garcia. “And it’s certainly no surprise this spectacular copy is now the auction record-holder, given that it’s signed by the artist who created it. We’re proud to have been a part of the remarkable result achieved for this — dare I say it? — magical offering.”