(re: Preserving Ultima: Escape from Mt. Drash) Yeah, wow – that bid sure went high. About the most I’ve paid for an item so far was $50 USD for KQV NES sealed.
I myself am currently working to acquire sealed copies of all of Sierra’s games (but none pre-King’s Quest) for the book project I envision my efforts turning to. One thing the book would have would be “museum”-style product shots of the sealed items. If you’ve seen the book “Peanuts – The Art of Charles M. Schulz,” or the book “High Score!,” or any of the “The Art Of” books for the Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings movies, those are some of the design influences on me as I am working towards starting this in the summer.