World's most valuable Lego brick sold for almost $20,000
The world's most valuable Logo brick has sold in an online auction for almost $20,000.
The single brick was made of solid 14-karat gold, and was never made available to purchase by the public. It's believed that less than 10 examples are known to exist.
And even though the rare brick was made from solid gold, it was still compatible to use with ordinary Lego sets.
The value of the brick's gold content was around $2,100, but its extreme rarity sparked a bidding war amongst Lego collectors and it eventually sold on the online auction site Catawiki for £15,750 ($19,580).
Between 1979 and 1981, the LEGO Company produced a handful of these sold-gold bricks and presented them as special gifts to employees at their factory in Hohenwestedt, Germany, who had worked there for more than 25 years.
They also gave bricks to a small number of highly valued business partners, including the example offered for sale earlier this month.
"The brick that was auctioned on Wednesday night was offered by a family member of an Italian business partner of LEGO, who received the brick in 1980, for his contribution to the development of the LEGO Company in Italy," said Rolf Nagtzaam, LEGO expert at Catawiki.
"Because of the true rarity of this item, this is truly the Holy Grail of LEGO bricks. There were bids from collectors across the world, however the LEGO brick was ultimately snapped up by a collector in England."
It was the first of these sought-after gold bricks to appear on the open market for five years, with the last example fetching approximately £11,000 ($13,700).