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 Post subject: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:55 pm 
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A new puzzle is going up for sale on Baxterweb soon. I'll leave Robert to explain it to you.

"The Stickman Apothecary Puzzlechest is a realized vision, over 4 years in the making, with the goal of representing an entire era of some of the best puzzle designers and craftsmen from around the world. Twelve prolific artists from 5 different countries participated in orchestrating its creation. Each drawer within has been quality hand-crafted to exhibit the best abilities and individual styles of these artists.

The chest itself is also a complex mechanical puzzle. The solution of individual puzzlebox drawers is required to obtain mechanical parts, and these are required to progress its sequential movement. Within the chest, mechanical pistons lock drawers into place while still allowing them to slide freely. Pushing in on a drawer causes others to automatically extrude from the chest. And in turn, pushing those drawers back causes yet other drawers to come out in an apparently random fashion. Deducing the pattern and sequence of drawer movements is part of the puzzle to this chest, as drawers can only be released under certain conditions. Once a puzzle drawer has been removed and solved, pressing it back into its slot will automatically re-engage it into its locking mechanical piston.

Enough cannot be said about the puzzle drawers designed by contributing artists; many of whom have received awards for their abilities. The only restriction placed upon designs was the size of the puzzle, which required parameter sides of 3” just to fit into the chest, (some puzzles are 3” cube and others measure 3” x 3” x 4”). The goal was as to require minimal restrictions in order to ensure the true flavor and style of each artist

The designs of puzzlebox drawers vary from the seemingly simple to exhaustingly complex. Some require just a few profound and elusive steps, while others require moves going into the hundreds. Many of these puzzles are exclusive to only this chest, or significantly limited in production, and are therefore rare. With such diversity in complexity, concepts, and styles, there is something appealing to everyone in this chest.

The chest is crafted from quality sapele wood, decoratively accented with purpleheart inlays, and measures 18” x 16” x 12”. It rests up on a base of intricately carved wooden feet and comes with a 15-page, fully illustrated instruction book. All drawers have been signed and numbered by each artist.

Originally, the only way to obtain one of these chests was to be an artist contributing to the project, and none were intended for public sale. However project bylaws have since been expanded, now allowing for two additional copies to be sold at auction to help cover expenses. Stickman Apothecary Puzzle Chests are limited in edition to only 15 completed copies, and this particular chest is #15 out of the limited edition set."


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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:07 am 
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As Bixby Snyder says: "I'd buy that for a dollar!" :lol:

Seriously, that looks amazing, but only for seriously rich collectors.

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:37 am 
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I would seriously love to own this but I know that I just can't come close to affording it. Should we start taking bets on how much it sells for?


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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:07 pm 
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Honestly I think this belongs in a museum. If I were rich, I'd buy it and donate it to the Slocum museum or similar in which under some kind of supervision, people can carefully play with it.
It is truly unbelievable.

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:17 pm 
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I should put up the link for this puzzle.
I was outbid yesterday morning. Going halvsies with another puzzler from HK. Looks like this one won't be making its way to HK. :(

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:50 pm 
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Holy cow! Already over 10 grand USD!!

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:41 am 
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So, has this made the list of most expensive puzzles ever sold yet?

The saddest part, at least in my mind, is that even if a version made from more economical materials(as injection molded ABS) would probably still be prohibitively expensive for all but the wealthiest puzzle enthusiasts.

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:07 pm 
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If the lads over at Renegade are correct it's the 3rd most costly thus far sold on auction. Most expensive puzzle ever sold. I think not. Puzzle tables, a flat in New York....

I've loaded blog posts about this box. The first shows photos of the individual boxes. The second is full of photos from one of the box builders and an unboxing from another.

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:53 am 
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Round 2

http://puzzles.baxterweb.com/groupList.asp?gid=chest

Hey Rox, when you say "a flat in NY" in reference to expensive puzzles, what are you referring to?

I live in NY, and if there is some mega-puzzle-apartment around I'd certainly like to know about it. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:17 am 
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Do a search for Mystery on Fifth Avenue. An apartment on Fifth Ave. purchased for 8.5M was remodeled by Eric Clough's firm 212box. Clough incorporated a variety of puzzles into the house - 18 clues for an elaborate scavenger hunt, built into components of the house. J.J. Abrams bought rights to the NY Times article and purportedly is working on a movie script about the house.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_on_Fifth_Avenue
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Clough
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/garden/12puzzle.html
http://www.wired.com/culture/design/multimedia/2009/04/pl_design
http://www.inkofme.com/the-endless-finds/?p=32

Clough has a recent kickstarter project called Into Mystery:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1400869672/into-mystery-clue-09-kickart

Clough was a guest lecturer at a past IPP, and also a past NYPP.

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 Post subject: Re: Apothecary Puzzle Chest
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Wow, that is really incredible. Thank you Rob!

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