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#1 kjaffa

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:58 PM

So I won the Bionicle contest back in the Early 2000's with the grand prize being the 14K gold Kanohi mask.

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I was wondering what it is worth in terms of collectability / est value. I believe 5 were given out in the contest with another 25 given to staff of the Bionicle team. $800 in gold weight alone.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:14 AM

I haven't the slightest what it's worth, but it does look great. :)

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 03:21 PM

I would think it's worth 1000-plus, as some misprints are worth 700, and this is actually both exclusive AND real gold.
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#4 Cirkit

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:58 PM

To any a fan, this would be worth a great deal. But it's worth to them and the amount they'd be willing to pay to get it into their possession are two very different things..

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 04:45 PM

yeah. I've just always wondered. I certainly dont plan on letting it go any time soon

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:08 PM

Whoa, that's awesome!
I want to see your entry to that contest!

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:15 PM

View Postcommodore_legolas, on 25 October 2012 - 06:08 PM, said:

Whoa, that's awesome!
I want to see your entry to that contest!
I believe the contest these masks originated from was more of a sweepstakes and less of a creative competition, so I don't know if an "entry" exists. Even if it was in part a creative competition, my experience with similar LEGO contests back in the day suggests that it would only involve writing a short essay, and they'd be judged according to the target audience's expected writing ability so kids didn't get left out.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:48 PM

It is very unlikely that LEGO employees were given such expensive pieces as gifts. In Denmark, this would involve paying a high tax, approx. half of the value of the gold.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:58 PM

It looks like gold-plated to me. Something that size would not weight much in pure gold and it would be too soft and not hold it's shape.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:46 PM

Well, not many materials weight as much as gold, and I was told today that LEGO had a jewelry maker cast the pieces.
A gold-plated piece would weight very little.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:47 PM

I suggest the OP take it to a jeweler and get an estimate and probably insurance. :wink:

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