Group: Akio Kamei

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

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Lot 5213 - Whiskey Bottle (P-4)

Est. value: $600

Current high bid: $825

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Whiskey Bottle (P-4) by Akio Kamei

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 23x10x10cm

Notes: Three secret compartments are hidden in the whiskey bottle. Original version, in excellent condition. Includes original box.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5066 - New Three Drawers (M-50)

Est. value: $500

Winning bid: $666

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 19x14x11cm

Notes: Open the top drawer. Made from tochi and cherry. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5209 - Tortuous Box (M-2)

Est. value: $900

Winning bid: $750

Lot Closed (Photo, Detail)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 13x13x13cm

Notes: This rare box is from 1983. Movement is excellent when done properly. Some surface wearing away of finish in places. Includes original box (significant wear) and copy of solution sheet.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5210 - Letter Box (P-1)

Est. value: $400

Winning bid: $420

Lot Closed (Photo, Solution sheet)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 25x8x7cm

Notes: Two secret compartments and eight-moves. Very old but in excellent condition. Includes original box and solution sheet.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5211 - Pneumatic Box (M-18)

Est. value: $350

Winning bid: $245

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 20x6x6cm

Notes: Goal is to use air pressure to open hidden compartment. As is typical of the original version, it's very difficult to open using the intended manipulation, but alternate solutions work well. Includes original box and instruction diagram.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5212 - Small Frame with Bird (P-28-1)

Est. value: $600

Winning bid: $2,301

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 17x14x4cm

Notes: Frame and inlaid image hide a secret compartment. Includes original box.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5214 - Book (P-6)

Est. value: $300

Winning bid: $175

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 20x14x6cm

Notes: Classic book with trick drawer. Includes original box (slightly damaged).

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5215 - Star (K-21-2)

Est. value: $350

Winning bid: $600

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Size: 15x15x6cm

Notes: Five identical pieces, made from Chinese quince. Excellent movement. Secret compartment is just a slot to hold a coin. Includes original box and small solution diagram.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5216 - Checkered Cube Box (M-30)

Est. value: $250

Winning bid: $550

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Edge: 7cm

Notes: This was the 2001 Christmas present from the Karakuri Club to its members. This is a trick-box, not kumiki. Includes original box and Christmas greeting.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 5217 - Checker Cube Set (K-3-2)

Est. value: $600

Winning bid: $525

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Akio Kamei

Edge: 7cm

Notes: Checker Cube Set was produced in 1999, containing four different kumiki/burr cubes. Includes original box and Japanese solution diagrams.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

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