The world's most expensive Lego brick is expected to sell for £12,000
One of only a handful of 14k solid gold 2×4 bricks ever made sparked a bidding frenzy when it was put up for sale on auction website Catawiki.
The last time one of the bricks was sold, in 2012, it went for a whopping £8,000.
Between 1979 and 1981, the extra special bricks were originally given to Lego employees that had fulfilled 25 years of employment at their main factory in Germany.
The last time one of the bricks was sold, in 2012, it went for a whopping £8,000
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This is definitely the most special brick I have ever come across
What makes this commemorative brick even more special is that it can be used with all other Lego sets, thanks to its patented interlocking nodules.
A lucky American won the auction, and is now the proud owner of the golden brick, which weighs 25.65g, and is exactly the same size and shape as an original Lego brick.
John Hughbanks, president of Lego fan website Brick Envy that sold the brick, said: "This is definitely the most special brick I have ever come across.
One of only a handful of 14k solid gold 2×4 bricks ever made sparked an online bidding frenzy
"The other precious metal items that Lego has done in recent years are nice but almost all of them were simply contest prizes.
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"The 2×4 gold brick had to be earned, there was no luck involved at all. Someone had to work for 25 years of their live, in one place, just to get it.
"The story is what separates this brick from anything else, in my own opinion."
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The most expensive Lego set ever officially released is the massive 5195-piece Millennium Falcon, which costs a mere £342.49.
Experts at the auction site reckon the single brick is expected to sell for over 30 times the price of an average home in 1932, the year the Lego Company was created.
Lego auctioneer, Aldus Rolf Nagtzaam said: "The brick has been put up for auction by a family member of an Italian business partner of LEGO who received the brick in 1980, for his work on building the LEGO market in Italy."
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