Monopoly game banks £270 for char­ity

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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.

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