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Black Hole

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Average Prices: USD $500 to $1,200
Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Company (1977-1983)
Produced: October, 1981
Production Run: 8,774 units
Machine Type: Solid State Electronic
MPU: Gottlieb System 80
Players: 4
Design by: John Buras, Adolf Seitz Jr.
Art by: Terry Doerzaph
Black Hole is a pinball game released in 1981 by Gottlieb. It is notable for having two playfields: one on top with a conventional slope, and one mounted underneath, sloping away from the player.

Black Hole was the first machine to feature a lower playfield viewed through a window in the upper playfield. It was touted as the highest-grossing pinball game of all time shortly after its release, partly due to (or despite) the fact that it was the first pinball game which cost 50 cents to play.

It has appeared as an "extra" in the movies Les Compères (1983), Strange Brew (1983), and Next Of Kin (1989).

The attract mode included robotic like speech generated by a Votrax SC01, which taunted the phrase "Do You Dare To Enter The Black Hole?". This slogan was etched in the vinyl runout grooves on LP versions of the band Hovercraft's 1997 album, Akathisia.

It features as one of the playable pinball machines in the video game Gottlieb Pinball Classics, released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii.

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Cost Location Date
AUD $4,200 Victoria, Australia 19 July, 2017
USD $4,495 Michigan, United States 04 July, 2017
AUD $3,600 New South Wales, Australia 24 June, 2017
USD $3,495 Nevada, United States 15 December, 2016
USD $2,500 Pennsylvania, United States 09 September, 2016
USD $1,650 Florida, United States 25 April, 2016
USD $960 New York, United States 20 January, 2016
USD $5,195 Tennessee, United States 17 January, 2016
EUR €250 Germany 17 December, 2015
USD $1,075 Illinois, United States 01 August, 2015

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