Monopoly game banks £270 for charity
A highly collectable Arran Monopoly game that originally sold for less than £30 when released in 2011 has been sold to a lucky bidder who purchased the rare and desirable board game for a record-breaking £270.
The previous record for the limited edition Arran-inspired game was £142 when a set sold on a popular online auction site after a fierce bidding war.
Graham Chappell, of Arran Graphics, who originally released the version of Monopoly which features Arran locations, managed to purchase a sealed copy of the game and put it up for auction on his Facebook page with all proceeds over £70 going to a charitable cause of the purchasers choosing.
Within minutes bids in excess of £200 were being made with Mrs Jane White of Lamlash being the eventual winner with her successful bid of £270. It is understood that one of Arran’s food banks will be the recipient of the £200 charitable donation.
Graham said: ‘I am absolutely astonished at the value! We had several bids over £200 and another five or six over £100.
‘I am obviously delighted at the total and the charity that it will support.
‘It’s clear this was a good time of year to run the silent auction on our Facebook page.’
In total 3,000 copies of the officially licensed game were produced in 2011 in three runs of 1,000 and were quickly snapped up by buyers from all around the world. An attempt was made in 2015 to produce another run of the game but the licensing cost from licensee Hasbro became prohibitively expensive.
The Isle of Arran Edition of Monopoly which recently sold for £270 during a silent auction.