Each of the game's tokens, hotels, and houses are solid gold, and many of the pieces are encrusted with fine jewels by master jeweler and artist Sidney Mobell who created the set.
"The board is made in 23 carat gold plate, and all the little houses and hotels are 18 carat solid gold. On the chimneys of houses are genuine rubies, on the chimneys of the hotels are genuine sapphires. If you take a look the dice are 18 carat solid gold and there are diamonds embedded in each one of the numbers. The little thimble, the race car, all the little tokens are 18 carat solid gold," said Mobell. "It took a year to make from start to finish. Actually, it isn't just a set, it's a piece of art. This is why it's here in the museum. It's a piece of art," added the 84 year old artist.
It is believed to be the most expensive Monopoly game on the planet. Mobell said the game has an estimated value of $2 million, but added the precious game is priceless.
"I would say right now, if I still owned the set, and I didn't donate it to the Smithsonian, I would turn down 100 million dollars. If someone offered, I'd say forget it. It wouldn't be for sale," said Mobell.
Nightjar wrote:I notice that only the intellectual members of HotW have completed a game of Monop.
flibbington wrote:Also really liked Poleconomy which was a local game from the 80's. In fact I loved it, you held elections, you could run the treasury, you could own real companies like Air New Zealandland, Hertz Rent a car, The New Zealandland Times
The boot, wheelbarrow and thimble have all been retired in the latest version of Monopoly.
The classic pieces have been replaced by a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a penguin and a "rubber ducky".
It follows a public vote over which tokens to save, as part of the brand's "Monopoly Token Madness" campaign.
The original pieces have been a staple of Monopoly boards around the world since the game was launched in 1935.
Thimbles are used to prevent pricking a thumb with a sharp needle while sewing.
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