If you had a billion dollars, would you spend $9.8 million of it on a single board game? You might not, but there is definitely a market of people that will. Some people are into cars and yachts, others are just more into board games. These are the three most expensive ones in the world.
1. Jewel Royale Chess Set ($9.8 million)
Chess may have a ‘nerdy’ reputation, but when you’re playing on a $9.8 million board, perspectives seem to change. If you’re pondering on who could possibly spend so much on a game, ponder no more. The Royale Jewel Company in Great Britain commissioned the beautiful set. It is made from solid gold and platinum, and features diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and even black and white pearls. The king piece alone weighs 165.2 grams of 18 carat yellow gold and is priced at $100,000 by itself. It’s any chess players or jewel lovers fantasy.
2. Charles Hollander Backgammon Set for $5 million
When you’ve perfected the art of backgammon, you turn your backgammon into art. At least that’s what Charles Hollander did with the creation of the $5 million “Charles Hollander Collection” backgammon set. The masterpiece was created by renowned artist Bernard Maquin who used 61,082 black, white and yellow diamonds weighting 2071.48 carats, 6.77kg of yellow gold, 150 grams of silver and over 10,000 hours of labor to complete this incredible game. $5 million wrapped up in a board game that measures 54 x 39 x 3.5 cm when opened and 27 x 39 x 7 cm when closed.
3. Sidney Mobell Monopoly Set for $2 million
It is only fitting that a game about money would be made of 18-carat gold. Sidney Mobell began his career as a normal San Francisco jeweler. In creating a name for he declares, “I figured that I had to do something as far as competition, something different that nobody else does.’ Thus the Sidney Mobell Monopoly Set was born. For $2 million your Monopoly set can contain 165 rubies and sapphires, luxury cards, and 42 full-cut diamonds. The dice in this game alone are worth $10,000. If you’re serious about money, you might as well play with – right?