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    Monopoly goes bling


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    The game of Monopoly has reached a new gold standard.

    A one of a kind 23-carat gold-plated version of the real estate board game has gone on display on Wall Street.

    Each of the game's tokens, hotels, and houses are solid gold, and many of the pieces are encrusted with fine jewels by master jeweler and artist Sidney Mobell who created the set.

    "The board is made in 23 carat gold plate, and all the little houses and hotels are 18 carat solid gold. On the chimneys of houses are genuine rubies, on the chimneys of the hotels are genuine sapphires. If you take a look the dice are 18 carat solid gold and there are diamonds embedded in each one of the numbers. The little thimble, the race car, all the little tokens are 18 carat solid gold," said Mobell.

    The gold-bathed game is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington.

    "It took a year to make from start to finish. Actually, it isn't just a set, it's a piece of art. This is why it's here in the museum. It's a piece of art," added the 84 year old artist.

    Mobell said he created the gold Monopoly set in 1988 for London's World Monopoly Tournament.

    It is believed to be the most expensive Monopoly game on the planet. Mobell said the game has an estimated value of $2 million, but added the precious game is priceless.

    "I would say right now, if I still owned the set, and I didn't donate it to the Smithsonian, I would turn down 100 million dollars. If someone offered, I'd say forget it. It wouldn't be for sale," said Mobell.

    The gold and gemstone monopoly set will be on display at the Museum of American Finance until October 2012.