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$2 Million Dollar Monopoly Game

submitted on October 17, 2010 by midget in "Member's Lounge"

Thought you had the latest and/or greatest monopoly game? Themes are made for movies, sports, cities and more...

But I bet you don't have this set - Made of solid gold and jewels.

The board is plated in 23-karat gold, and all the pieces are made of solid 18-karat gold. Diamonds stud the sides of the dice to mark the numbers. The chimneys on the houses are topped with rubies, while sapphires top the hotels. A glittering topaz marks the light bulb on the "Electric Company" space, and a ruby drips from the faucet on "Water Works."

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    Posted by DebsFreebies on October 17, 2010
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    Talk about extreme! Where do people get this kind of money for such lavish and foolish things? I struggle to pay rent! Cry
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    Posted by HouTex on October 18, 2010
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    Check out the slideshow at the link mentioned above - it shows the detail of this set.

    It was handmade in 1988 by jeweler Sidney Mobell, now 84. At the time, gold cost about $300 an ounce; today, gold sells for over $1,300 an ounce. Mobell got the idea for a set made of gold when he heard about the 1988 World Monopoly Tournament in London. Parker Brothers gave him a commission, and he spent a year crafting each intricate piece by hand.

    In 2003, Mobell donated the game — along with other whimsical creations, including a solid gold mousetrap and toilet seat — to the Smithsonian, which is affiliated with the Museum of American Finance, where it is now on exhibit.

    "Monopoly is a very symbolic game in America," said David Cowen, president of the Museum of American Finance. "It was popularized during difficult financial times in the 1930s. As the nation again faces difficult economic times, I’m happy to have the item here."

    To mark the gold set’s arrival, the museum hosted two rounds of Monopoly tournaments Friday, one for children and one for adults. Winners received standard Monopoly sets made of cardboard, plastic and paper.

    As games went on all around him Friday morning, Mobell said he wasn’t tempted to join in. "I’m a terrible player," he said with a laugh, recalling the time former British Prime Minister Edward Heath easily defeated him while playing on the gold set.
    It's the only time the set was ever used, and it has never been for sale.
    It has appreciated in value over the past 12 years due to its rarity and increased value of gold.

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