Group: Akio Kamei

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

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Lot 6184 - Nonsense Box Set (M-9-3)

Est. value: $925

Winning bid: $835

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Nonsense Box Set (M-9-3) by Akio Kamei


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Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Edge: 10cm

Notes: Original M-9-1 and M-9-2 were remade as a set in 2004, slightly small than the originals and in cherry and walnut. Movement is slightly loose; one small ding (5mm) on one edge. One open box shown in extra photo. Boxes are nicknamed based on their solutions (KameiBox is "normal", Nob-Box is trickier). Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 6185 - Parabox (M-33)

Est. value: $350

Winning bid: $383

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Parabox (M-33) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 12x10x8cm

Notes: After removing the lid, a panel hides a secret compartment. The design notes describe Paradox+Box as: "When you open the box, it is closed. When you close the box, the lock will be unlocked." Made from silky oak. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 6186 - Small Die (P-9-3)

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $85

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Small Die (P-9-3) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 8x8x8cm

Notes: Smaller that classic Die, but similar solution and mechanism. Slight warp of one panel creating small gaps (see photo) not affecting movement. Original box and solution sheet.

 

Lot 6187 - Twin Box 3 (M-1-3)

Est. value: $175

Winning bid: $308

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Twin Box 3 (M-1-3) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 8x8x8cm

Notes: This is a smaller version of the Twin Box, given as the 2004 Karakuri Christmas present. Unlike the larger versions, this one opens in six moves, and does not completely disassemble. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 6188 - Double Drawer (M-27)

Est. value: $300

Winning bid: $528

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Double Drawer (M-27) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 19x9x9cm

Notes: Drawers on either end move together. Find how to make the contents of one drawer disappear. Includes original box and instruction sheet.

 

Lot 6189 - Spring Box (M-35)

Est. value: $200

Winning bid: $267

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Spring Box (M-35) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 7x7x7cm

Notes: The small cube floating on springs inside the box can be manipulated so that the box can open. This puzzle usually has wear and tear on inner cube, due to finger and spring action; however this puzzle was opened new for the photo, and never solved. This was a 2006 Karakuri Christmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 6192 - Safe (P-56)

Est. value: $175

Winning bid: $416

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Safe (P-56) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 11x8x7cm

Notes: Open the trick safe. This was a 2020 Xmas present from the Karakuri Creation Group. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 6213 - Cable Car (P-55)

Est. value: $900

Winning bid: $1,250

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Cable Car (P-55) by Akio Kamei


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Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 22x17x8cm

Notes: Discover the secret compartment inside the funicular cable car. This was one of many puzzles designed for a special "Travel" themed exhibit, and is another great example of how Kamei uses real life objects to inspire innovative puzzle design. Includes original box and solution card.

 

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