Group: Akio Kamei

All puzzles are originals by Akio Kamei. They are in excellent condition, unless otherwise noted.

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Lot 5408 - Small Gift (P-19)

Est. value: $500

Winning bid: $336

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 15x10x5cm

Notes: Rosewood gift box, original version from 1990: opens into two separate parts, rather than with hinged lid. The mechanism is extremely loose, and the box literally falls open. Includes original box.

 

Lot 5448 - Hollow Burr (K-6)

Est. value: $500

Winning bid: $285

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Diameter: 11cm

Notes: 12 nearly identical pieces form a rhombic dodecahedral shell. Mint condition (removed from sealed packaging for photo). Includes original box (faded) and solution diagram.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5449 - Kumiki Parcel Box (K-10)

Est. value: $450

Winning bid: $336

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 10x10x10cm

Notes: This is a kumiki puzzle, coming completely apart into 24 pieces. Key piece inscribed "Dec. '83, made by Akio Kamei" (translated) - see photo. Overall slightly loose fit; key piece easily falls out of place; some exterior discoloration. Includes original box and assembly instructions.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5450 - 18 Planks (K-7)

Est. value: $600

Winning bid: $415

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 11x11x11cm

Notes: 18 panels (14 different) form a cube. Key piece inscribed "Dec. '83, made by Akio Kamei" (translated) - see photo. Overall slightly loose fit; key piece easily falls out of place; some exterior discoloration. Includes original box (faded and poor condition) and assembly diagram.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5451 - 8 Burr (K-9)

Est. value: $600

Winning bid: $415

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 11x11x11cm

Notes: Eight burrs appear at the corners of a cube. But instead of the typical 24-piece burr, pairs of sticks are replaced by planks, making for an intriguing 18-piece design. One panel inscribed "Dec. '83, made by Akio Kamei" (translated) - see photo. Overall slightly loose fit; two key pieces easily falls out of place; some exterior discoloration. Includes original box and assembly diagram. Note inside claims "Opened by Nancy & Richard Hess 3/1/84".

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5452 - Star (K-8)

Est. value: $500

Winning bid: $250

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 11x11x11cm

Notes: Disassembles into 22 pieces. One panel inscribed "Dec. '83, made by Akio Kamei" (translated) - see photo. Overall slightly loose fit; one corner slightly dinged; some exterior discoloration. Includes original box (faded and very poor condition) and assembly diagram.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5453 - Box & Cage (K-12)

Est. value: $500

Winning bid: $265

Lot Closed (Photo, Open Cube)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Stick length: 15.5cm

Notes: 12-piece burr forms a cage around a cube, which has a secret compartment. Overall slightly loose fit; some exterior discoloration. Inside of cube inscribed "Dec. '83, made by Akio Kamei" (translated) - see extra photo. Includes original box (faded and poor condition).

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

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