Golden Rubiks Сube: one of a kind!
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The Rubik's Cube is a unique toy known all over the world. It was created by the Hungarian architecture professor and sculptor Ernő Rubik in 1974. In an attempt to explain the mathematical group theory to his students, he created a visual teaching model using cubes.
In the photo: Ernő Rubik with his invention.
No one could have imagined that Rubik's invention would become a truly Hollywood success. After all, it was in Hollywood, in 1980, that the presentation of the toy took place, which eventually conquered the whole world. The demand was so high that manufacturers could not cope with the production, and many fakes appeared on the market. In the same year, the Rubik's Сube was recognized as the best toy in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, and France.
About one in seven people in the world have at some point attempted to complete the puzzle. But only a few succeeded!
The original toy is a cube with rotating colored faces. Today you can see plenty of various modifications and collectible versions of the puzzle. But the most expensive and, by the way, the only model of its akind was created by Diamond Cutters International.
In the photo: the company founder Fred Cuellar holds a golden Rubik's Cube at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In 1995, this jewelry masterpiece was presented to Ernő Rubik himself at an event in honor of the 15th anniversary of the cube's appearance on the international market. It is made of 18-karat gold and encrusted with precious stones. The familiar colors of the original toy are reproduced using rubies, emeralds, sapphires and amethysts. It took as much as 8 and a half thousand hours to make the cube! At the same time, you can play with it in the same way as with the regular, plastic version.
Of course, the choice of materials affected the price. The “Golden Version” is valued at approximately $2.5 million. In order to prevent attempts to make a fake, one of the sides of the cube was deliberately hidden from the public eye.
And only in 2014 the precious puzzle was again put on display at the Beyond Rubik's Cube exhibition in New Jersey City. After that, the cube went on a real world tour for seven years. Today it is in a private collection: the owner’s name is not announced.
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