Monopoly is a game associated with a great amount of pleasure and enjoyment. But many people across the world are unaware of just how costly luxurious monopoly board games can be. From gold and diamond to sapphire and ruby, jewels have been used to adorn some of the world’s most expensive monopoly games in the world. Some of the rare versions of monopoly sets are sought after because they are considered priceless.
Others are modern creations made by geniuses who are very creative. Though monopoly was believed to have been originated by the Parker brothers, several experts are of the opinion that the first commercial version of this game was developed by Elizabeth Magie. This article explores the most expensive monopoly games in the world.
Costliest Monopoly Games In The World
Sidney Mobell Bejeweled Monopoly Set
Sidney Mobell created what is considered as the world’s costliest monopoly set. It costs 2 million dollars. The jewel and gold encrusted monopoly set created by Mobell has 42 cut diamonds in it. The dice of this monopoly set costs $10,000. Mobell is a jeweler from San Francisco who wanted to make this exquisite monopoly set as a tribute to craftsmanship. The board and the accessories of this monopoly set are made of 18 carat gold.
There are 165 gems encrusted on the board and many of them are diamonds and sapphires. Some accessories for this monopoly set are made of gold up to 23 carat. This board weighs nearly 32 pounds. It has 24 rubies, 47 sapphires and over 60 diamonds. The houses, hotels and dices of this monopoly set are in 18 carat gold. This monopoly set has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most expensive monopoly set in the world.
Franklin Mint Collector’s Edition
Compared to Mobell’s masterpiece, this monopoly set is not so expensive. It costs $1000. But, this collector’s edition is clearly one of the costliest monopoly sets in the world, though not in the same class as jeweled or diamond encrusted monopoly boards. The houses are silver coated and the hotels are plated in gold.
24 carat gold has been used for coating the accessories of this monopoly set. The cards are decorated with golden foil and this classic monopoly set is prized by monopoly enthusiasts around the world. The board is made of classic hardwood and it has silver and gold accents in it.
Maggie’s Monopoly Set
Elizabeth Magie is credited with being the first person to come up with this game. Her version of monopoly was known as “The Landlord’s Game” and she created it in the year 1903. This game set is sought after by collectors because experts believe that its value today would be priceless.
Magie invented this game to teach people about the harmful effects of monopolies in the world. She was a political activist who wanted to use the game to educate people about how too much wealth in the hands of few people can have very negative repercussions for the world.
Earliest Version Of Monopoly
The earliest version of monopoly made by engineer Charles Darrow sold for over 90,000 pounds at Sotheby’s. In fact, the exact value of this monopoly set which was sold by the Forbes family was around £90,360 in 2011. This set was one of the rare 5,000 monopoly games created by Darrow in 1933. This monopoly set is made of oil cloth and it has a circular shape which is about 15.5 cm in radius. Darrow used pen and ink to make the playing surface and added houses and hotels carved from the moulding of pine wood.
The set was owned by the Darrow family till it was purchased from them by industrialist Malcolm Forbes. The Forbes family later sold it at an auction at Sotheby’s. Darrow was from Philadelphia, US and he adapted the version developed by Elizabeth Magie to develop monopoly. He then sold the concept of the monopoly game to the Parker brothers who were toy manufacturers.
White Box Monopoly
Parker brothers were the toy manufacturers who developed the game of monopoly. The white box monopoly set contains a white box with the game board and accessories inside it. It was sold to the Parker brothers in the 1930s, who developed about 1,000 units of this monopoly set. The white box monopoly sets were known as the deluxe edition.
There are only 1,000 such monopoly boxes in the world right now. They are considered collector’s items and are valued as priceless.
Black Box Monopoly
There were only 7,500 black box monopoly sets created by the Parker brothers in the 1930s. Black box monopoly sets did not contain a board. The board had to be purchased separately by people who bought this monopoly version. The black box monopoly was also sold to the Parker brothers by its inventor in the 1930s. The black box monopoly sets are considered collector’s items in modern times. These rare monopoly sets are the property of rich collectors worldwide who have paid millions to own each of these sets.
Italian Monopoly Set
A rare version of the monopoly which was developed during fascist times in Italy is also a collector’s item. Called Monopoli, it was developed in the 1940s in Italy. This version of monopoly was different from the one developed by the Parker brothers. It was meant to fight the fascist trade laws operating in Italy during that time and it was a symbol of political activism.
This Italian monopoly set is considered to cost over a few million dollars. The exact value of this historical monopoly set is an estimate at best.
Pemberton And Milner Monopoly Set
Pemberton and Milner have developed what is also considered the world’s most expensive monopoly set. This monopoly set costs £100,000 or $156,714. It is made of exquisite leather and silver. This set has been produced in collaboration with the noted jewellery brand Garrad.
This military monopoly board game is valued so highly because of its exquisite craftsmanship. The houses and hotels used in this game are made entirely of silver. The board is encrusted with diamonds. The dice are bejewelled with diamond and gold.
Zontik Games Monopoly Set
The monopoly set developed by Zontik Games costs $7,000. This monopoly set is not in the same league as the bejeweled sets discussed earlier, but it is costly for a board game. It is considered as one of the most expensive monopoly sets in the world. The board is made of leather of the finest quality.
The dice cups and boxes containing the cards are also crafted out of fine leather. The board contains touches of silver sterling and the entire set is durable yet finely crafted.
Schwartz Monopoly Set
This monopoly game costs $100,000. Famous toy store F.A.O Schwartz created this monopoly set which has accessories such as houses, hotels and tokens made of 18 carat gold. The board is made of rosewood and street names are written in gold. Emeralds are used to decorate the chance icon while sapphires have been used for the community chest sections of the board. Rubies are also used on the board of this set and you get to play with real currency.