Pokemon card sells for $55k

Pokemon card sells for $55k

A Pokemon card has sold for $54,970.

The card - called the Illustrator - was sold at an auction in Beverly Hills, California, last week for the hefty price tag after auctioneers recognised it as a special edition because it features Pokemon's much-loved mascot Pikachu with Japanese writing.

The card's presence at the auction set tongues wagging as it's believed only 30 copies of the card have ever been made and only 10 remain in good condition.

According to the Metro newspaper, Barry Sandoval - the director of operations for comics at Heritage Auctions - said: "The Pikachu Illustrator Card was given in January of 1998 to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest.

"Only 20-39 copies of this card were released, ten of which are graded in top condition and it is unknown how many still remain with the public."