Rare Gold LEGO Piece Found in Thrift Store — Sells for $18,000

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.26 - 2024 11:20 AM CET

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An American thrift store sold a rare gold LEGO piece found in a donated jewelry box, which fetched $18,000 at auction.

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Hidden treasures can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places, like a Pennsylvania Goodwill store that recently sold a rare LEGO piece.

This Goodwill store in Dubois, Pennsylvania, stumbled upon an unusual item within a donated jewelry box: a gold Bionicle mask, a part of LEGO's action figure line from the early 2000s.

"We didn’t know what we had when we found it," said a representative from Goodwill in North Central Pennsylvania during a WTAJ interview. The piece had come from a collection of mixed jewelry donated at the State College store.

Bionicles usually come in plastic, but LEGO had created special Kanohi Hau masks in gold as part of a giveaway starting in 2001.

"There were 25 that were given away, and five remained for people who actually worked at LEGO," stated Chad Smith, a Goodwill executive, to CBS News. "So 23 years later, one of these resurfaces and it’s really unique."

The auction for the 14-karat gold, 1-inch-tall LEGO piece began at $3,300. After 48 bids, it sold for $18,101.

To give an idea of its value, LEGO's Star Wars Millennium Falcon set, one of its most expensive, sells for $850 and comprises over 7,500 pieces.

Even the LEGO Titanic, one of the largest sets at four-and-a-half feet long, is priced at $680, making the gold LEGO mask's selling price all the more remarkable.

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