Yes, it's quite expensiveEven the most mundane of Monopoly sets contains over $20,000 in fake
money -- but this custom-made, jewel-encrusted one-off is estimated to
be worth over $2 million, and it's headed, appropriately enough, for Wall Street.
San Francisco jeweler Sidney Mobell created the set in the 1980s
after he heard about a Monopoly tournament taking place in London. It
took a year to complete, and it's only been played once, in an
exhibition game between Mobell and former British Prime Minister Edward
Heath. Mobell donated it to the Smithsonian in 2003.
Why's it so expensive? It's made from 18-karat gold, for starters,
and the bling-heavy board is decorated with 165 gems. The two dice are
worth $10,000 (don't lose one under the couch, whatever you do), and
boast 42 diamonds for the number pips. The Chance and Community Chest
cards are photo-etched sheets.
If you want to see it for yourself, it's going on display this week
at the Museum of American Finance in New York City. And according to
Mobell, it's not for sale.
Via The Consumerist.