Number of versions: 10
Edition: January 16, 2011
Gold-and-Diamond Monopoly game board
Maker: Sidney Mobell - San Francisco - USA - 1988
Except for the few pictures I found in the past on the internet site from the
American company FAO Schwarz as well as from the German Die Ideenfabrik
Gudenkauf I couldn't get more details about this set.
December 2010 I found the apparently newly created site: http://www.thesidneymobell.com/index.html.
However I found a short description about the maker, published in the SouthCoastToday.com
of March 22-1996, reporting:
"A jeweler to the rich and famous is going to focus on that
precious gem - time for him and his wife.
Sidney Mobell, who has created dazzling, irreverent pieces for the
likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Donald Trump, has sold his business to Shreve
& Co - San Fransisco.
For 30 years, the 69-year-old Mr. Mobell has held court in his shop, most
recently at the Fairmont Hotel. His creations landed him on "Lifestyles of
the Rich & Famous" and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
Carson" several times. But he's getting out of the day-to-day business so
he can spend more time with his wife, Ronni, who recovered recently from lung
Mr. Mobell's 32-year-old daughter, Marci, died last year. And Mr. Mobell himself
went through brain surgery three years ago. "There were these little
warnings, so I thought maybe it's about time to go a little easy on
myself," Mr. Mobell said.
Some of his favorite pieces: A $2 million gold-and-diamond Monopoly set for Parker Brothers
and a gold baseball for San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan."
Steven Pyatt - UK (personal security agent, actor)
approched me in May 2006 with following interesting information:
"When Mr. Mobell first constructed this London Edition
of the Monopoly set by commission of Parker Brothers it was for the 60th anniversary
(1995) of the Monopoly board game and the intent was to sell the board after a weeks publicity
on the worlds media at a charity auction.
The board was valued at $2,000,000 purely on the value of the precious metals and jewels involved in the construction. In the end it didn't meet the reserve.
As well as a diamond studded die the set featured emeralds on the houses (chimney) and rubies on the hotels.
The property cards were solid gold plate and the pieces also solid 18 carat gold as was all the gold in the construction.
The art value of the board was of course priceless but the basic insurance value was $2,000,000.
Mr. Mobell hired the best security available at the time and his personal security agent followed him and the board everywhere never taking his eyes off either of his clients.
The week concluded with a celebrity Monopoly party at the Park Lane Hotel in London
(I take it the Mayfair was booked) where many famous people attended and
Martin Kemp relaunched his career by singing "Gold" one more time for the assembled guests.
It is now living at the Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
in Washington, D.C., see: www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/mobell/monopoly.htm"
Lifesized Monopoly tokens - Your Move
Place: Philadelphia - USA -1996
Artists: Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis and Roger White
Web site: www.thebiggamehunter.com/gallery/philadelphia
Penny Melling & Bruce Whitehill frolic in Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building
Plaza along the John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 15th and Broad Streets, where lifesized Monopoly tokens and other game pieces abound.
See for more pictures of these tokens taken by Bruce Whitehill his above
Your Move is a collaborative work by Daniel Martinez, Renee Petropoulis and Roger White consisting for the most part of over-sized
Monopoly, chess, domino, and other board game pieces (bolted down to prevent over-eager game players casting them into traffic).
Painting "The Monoply-players"©
(click on picture for a picture of 1828x1188 pixels)
In the Dutch newspaper Het Parool of Thursday, December 17, 1998 was the
article "Euro makes holy houses and hotels tumble - An improved Monopoly
game", by Hans van Maanen. (See his own site: http://www.vanmaanen.org/hans/artikelen/monopoly.html). This article showed a large picture of "The
Monopoly-players", a picture that clearly goes to show that monopoly was
already played in the 16th century. So that asked for closer investigation
and this is the story:
The leading players are some young Italian painter called Caravaggio
(1573 - 1610) and the present-days Dutch artist Joost Veerkamp.
Initially Veerkamp made parodies and changes on famous paintings, of which
finally the designs of his stamps arose. So the stamp with "The
Monopoly-players" arose from the painting "Supper at Emmaus",
where Jesus blesses supper for his disciples. The second stamp of the small
series of two was made after the painting "The Potato Eaters" by
Vincent van Gogh.
Since 1988 Veerkamp yearly issues a number of "stamps", who can be
collected in a loose-leaf album. These albums are still available with:
More about Caravaggio in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caravaggio
and about Vincent van Gogh in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh
Hotels on Broadway Boogie-Woogie-1949
Artist: Mark Caywood - USA - 2001
Dimensions of the painting: 56" x 46" = 1.42 x 1.17 m
Mark Caywood - Fort Worth, TEXAS, USA---is obviously a great artist with an incredible
sense of humor. He started his satiric web-site, Caywood's Art Gallery, in
2001, and gave it the subtitle "Art for International Museums, Collectors, Galleries and Dealers". Amongst the great number of different subjects he
denounces is the oil on canvas painting by Piet Mondriaan, inspired by Monopoly, which he describes as follows
"This piece, part of a series Mondrian painted to honor America's favorite board game, was lost for many years. In the early 1960s, a janitor found it while cleaning out a storage closet in The Playboy Club, which had taken over the space previously occupied by Mondrian's studio.
In this colorful composition, the artist appears to be making a comment on the pivotal aspect of American corporate economic strength, ie."Monopoly", while at the same time, his innovative placement of various street names and sales prices implies a profound indictment of urban exploitation perpetrated against the poor."
Artists: Unknown graffiti-sprayers - New York - 2001
Dimensions of the artwork: abt. 5 x 25 m
This spot is known as the so called "Harlem Graffiti Hall of Fame".
The wall is an innerwall of a school complex in Manhattan, the Harlem district,
on the Park Avenue and 106th Street. The artworks of this "Hall" are
yearly over-painted in the scope of a graffiti event, so meanwhile Graffopoly
does not exist anymore. A pitty!
Monopoly Haagsche Bluf - wall painting in The Hague - NL
Artist: Carl Palm - Den Haag - May 2002
Dimensions of the board: 4 x 4 m
There is a modern kind of almshouse in the centre of The Hague - Holland,
Bluf. This shopping mall is owned by the real estate developer
"Geste" in The Hague, who practised a beautiful combination of modern
style and old façades in order to give an international character to these
The owner of the Haagsche Lounge restaurant (www.haagschelounge.nl) together
with the artist came with the splendid idea to embellish a plain wall next to his
terrace with a blown up Monopoly game board naturally with the real estates
of the "Geste"group, because "Geste" does own more
streets and a number of properties around the Haagsche Bluf area. It is obvious
that Monopoly came in mind because it is a matter of buying and selling,
money and power. Also on this game board the sequence of the streets
is such that the "cheap"streets are in at the start of the game and
the "expensive" streets at the end. The choice was (most probably
unintentionally) made for the Parker/Hasbro design, i.e. with the black
engines on the station spaces, the blue
treasure chest and the gold ring on Super Tax. From Start on the spaces
Achterom - Algemeen Fonds - Gortstraat
- Inkomstenbelasting - Station Zuid - Nieuwstraat
- Kans - Raamstraat - Wagenstraat
- Slechts op bezoek
- Fluwelen Burgwal - Electriciteitsbedrijf
- Prinsengracht - Jan
Hendrikstraat - Station West - Kettingstraat
- Algemeen Fonds - Herengracht - Grotemarkt
- Vrij Parkeren - Hooikade
- Kans - Denneweg -Noordeinde
- Station Noord - Lange Poten - Spui
- Waterleiding - Dagelijkse
Groenmarkt - Naar de Gevangenis - Venestraat
- Vlamingstraat - Algemeen Fonds - Haagsche
Bluf - Station Oost - Kans - Spuistraat
- Extra Belasting and Lange Voorhout
(where a number of embassies are established).
It is remarkable the artist took the liberty (and no doubt the spectator
agrees) to readably write the texts with the jail's rascal and the red
Free Parking car, while one don't need to turn his head to read the street
names on side 1 and 3.
The stations are not those of The Hague.
Only 2 of the 3 yellow streets of the
Parker/Hasbro edition also appear on this board.
Indeed the prices are in Euro's, however the values are those of
the 1996 and earlier issues, so a factor 100 higher than of the actual
Mondriopoly - Dutch board 1943
(click on picture for a picture of 664x670 pixels)
Artist: Nick Blackburn - London - Oct.2002
Dimensions of the game board: 35 x 35 cm
On his versatile web-site http://www.snap-dragon.com/index.html
Nick Blackburn - London also made a comprehensive chapter called Mondrian
Homage. It contains paintings of a great variety of subjects painted the
Being a great admirer of the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan as well as a
Monopoholic he asked me for a copy of an early Dutch Monopoly gameboard.
And next is what he made of it.
Maker: Aaron Wrighting -2004
Dimensions of the board: 75 x 52 x 5,3 cm/ 7 kg
This very special product of
Aaron Wrighting -NL definitely belongs to this Art Galery, because he
considers it a work of art that has to be shown on the wall.
Aaron made this very luxury board of unusual dimensions and weight within
60 hours. For its design he looked at the Franklin Mint mahogany
wood edition on a pedestal of 1992 (see "Game
Editions") and to Parker/Hasbro's 60th anniversary
issue (the gold box) of 1995. Hence the holografic diamond on the felt
cloth of the countersank midfield of the rectangular board.
Furthermore Aaron tells about this board, of which he is very willing to make
copies "to measure" on demand:
The board is made rectangular because a painting most
times also is. So this is a work of art that can be played on as well.
The spaces along the short sides do have the same
dimensions as those of the Parker/Hasbro game board and consequently the
spaces on side 1 and 3 are too wide.
The partition lines between the spaces are inserted
aluminum rods wrapped around with gold tape.
De straatnamen zijn met een label-tang gemaakt op
Friction characters have been used for the other
The license plate of the car on Free Parking, viz AW-19-68,
has everything to do with the maker of this board.
There is a "real" diamond" in
the gold ring of the "Super Tax" field.
There are 2 trays of mahogany
timber, with felt at the bottom, for the cards and 1 for the
banker's property deeds.
The somewhat unhappy looking man behind the bars and the
car have been painted by hand.
The cards and property deeds, money, tokens,
houses and hotels
and dice are those from the gold box.
watch on standard
Publisher: Franklin Mint/Hasbro - 2004
Diameter: 5 cm
Dimensions of the base: 7 x 7 x 8 cm
beautiful pocket watch was bought by Erik de Winter - NL November 2010.
Next to the already 1992 issued Collectors edition of the game
and the Monopoly klock this pocket watch from Franklin Mint is
a fine gain in a collection of a collector!
The whole presentation of as well the watch, Mr. Monopoly as the little box is,
as may be expected from Franklin Mint, well looked after in detail:
The metal parts of the watch and the link chain are gilded
and silvered and
the parts in relief are accented by a black surface.
The face is of course a picture of the American game
board with the
streets of Atlantic City.
Except for the nice front of the lid it also shows
Mr.Monopoly in relief on the inside.
The wooden storage box of this watch is mahogany-colored,
like the aforementioned items.
On 1 side of the wooden storage box is a golden plate
On the loose cover is a mini version of the Monopoly board
This all is completed by the advancing
Mr.Monopoly as an Atlas Figure!
The price of this pocket watch in November 2010 amounted to
US$ 149.00 on ebay.
Subject: The Monopologist age 75
Artist: Ingrid Rekers - 2010
Height of the statue: 25 cm
Weight, total: 3.8 kg
In the year 2010 both Mr. Monopoly and The Monopologist became 75,
reason why I've made myself immortalized in bronze by the renowned artist Ingrid
Rekers from The Hague -NL.
I'm very pleased with the outcome, I like to show it in this art gallery and in
case you are interested in her making something nice for you too, I mention her
|| Westeinde 121
2512 GW Den Haag
tel: 070 362 57 97
Although I'm well aware Mr. Monopoly only wore his red
bow tie in the first years of 2000 and from 2008 he already preferred the silver
M, I've preferred for my birthday to get the red