Museum of American Finance to Display 18-Karat-Gold Monopoly Set


What’s solid gold, covered with hundreds of precious gemstones, fun to play with and making its way to Lower Manhattan this week?  The world’s most valuable Monopoly game, of course.

At 10 AM Friday, October 15, the Museum of American Finance at 48 Wall Street will unveil its display of the 18-karat-gold, jewel-encrusted Monopoly set that is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for its value (the dice alone are worth $10,000).  The game will be on loan to the Museum from the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History through October 2012.

The Smithsonian received the game as one of 20 jeweled art objects from the personal collection of world-renowned artist and jeweler Sidney Mobell.  A long-time resident of San Francisco, Mobell is known for his fanciful and innovative employment of everyday household items as works of art.

The Museum invites Monopoly enthusiasts young and old to attend Friday’s unveiling, and to hear Sidney Mobell speak about this unique object.  The unveiling will be followed by Monopoly tournaments for children and adults.  All participants will receive prizes, with a grand prize winner at every table.

For more information on this event or the Museum of American Finance, visit or call 212-908-4110.