Sotheby's Auctions Oldest-Known Monopoly Set A children's museum in Rochester, N.Y., has splurged $146,500 on the oldest known version of Monopoly handmade by inventor Charles Darrow. The price is about double what the game was expected to go for.

Sotheby's Auctions Oldest-Known Monopoly Set

Sotheby's Auctions Oldest-Known Monopoly Set

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A children's museum in Rochester, N.Y., has splurged $146,500 on the oldest known version of Monopoly handmade by inventor Charles Darrow. The price is about double what the game was expected to go for.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Today's last word in business is about the rising value of one property in particular, rising despite the mortgage rates. It's the oldest known version of the board game Monopoly and it sold last week for nearly $150,000. That is, by the way, $150,000 in real money, not Monopoly money. It's about doubled the price it was expected to fetch when auctioned off last week.

The game was handmade in 1933 by Charles Darrow, the inventor of the game, and it went to an appropriate buyer, The Strong National Museum of Play, a toy museum in Rochester, New York.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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