Group: Karakuri Creation Group

Puzzles designed and crafted by current and former members of the Karakuri Creation Group, including Iwahara, Miyamoto,Tajima, Satou, Ogura, Kakuda, Oka, Kawashima, and Ninomiya. They are in excellent condition, unless otherwise noted.

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Lot 3550 - Box with a Tree

Est. value: $150

Winning bid: $150

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Box with a Tree by Hiroshi Iwahara / Izumiya
Reverse Photo

Designer: Hiroshi Iwahara
Maker: Izumiya

Size: 11.5x8x6cm

Notes: Two panels move freely, but nothing else…somehow they lead to the solution. The reverse panel has laser engraving of apple tree and the equation for the force of gravity, which somehow is a hint for solving. This is a special Izumiya re-surfacing of the 2005 Karakuri Club Christmas present.

 

Lot 4201 - Card Case Karakuri (Plane) (G-4)

Est. value: $150

Winning bid: $150

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Card Case Karakuri (Plane) (G-4) by Yukio Ogura

Designer/Maker: Yukio Ogura

Size: 24x8x4cm

Notes: Use the natural movement to make a business card appear out of the wood plane. There are other ways to make the card appear, so this is more of a nice demonstration piece than an actual puzzle. Includes storage area for extra cards. This is a slight modification of the original 2005 Karakuri Christmas present. Includes original box and solution card.

Source: Larry and Cathy Woodruff

 

Lot 4203 - Card Case Karakuri (Fan) (G-8)

Est. value: $75

Winning bid: $71

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Card Case Karakuri (Fan) (G-8) by Yukio Ogura

Designer/Maker: Yukio Ogura

Size: 18x7x4cm

Notes: Five business cards are "fanned" by spring-loaded mechanism. Not a puzzle. This was a 2007 Karakuri Christmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

Source: Larry and Cathy Woodruff

 

Lot 4204 - Card Case (Ice Lolly) (G-9)

Est. value: $50

Winning bid: $88

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Card Case (Ice Lolly) (G-9) by Yukio Ogura

Designer/Maker: Yukio Ogura

Size: 18x8x3cm

Notes: Open the secret compartment. But sadly, the first move appears to be frozen! Serious, the puzzle is not functional; now just a conversation piece. Includes original box and solution card.

Source: Larry and Cathy Woodruff

 

Lot 4219 - Candy (Y) (CH-6-1)

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $165

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Candy (Y) (CH-6-1) by Akio Kamei / Karakuri Creation Group

Designer: Akio Kamei
Maker: Karakuri Creation Group

Size: 9x5x5cm

Notes: An original design by Kamei, and later included in the Chotta Karakuri series of simpler designs. Made from keyaki and walnut. Includes original packaging and solution card.

Source: Larry and Cathy Woodruff

 

Lot 4364 - Card Case Karakuri (Momotaro) (G-6)

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $162

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Card Case Karakuri (Momotaro) (G-6) by Yukio Ogura

Designer/Maker: Yukio Ogura

Size: 16x9x4cm

Notes: The two side boxes slide apart to reveal a trapped business card. This was a 2006 Karakuri Club Christmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 4365 - Card Case Karakuri (Fan) (G-8)

Est. value: $75

Winning bid: $49

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Card Case Karakuri (Fan) (G-8) by Yukio Ogura

Designer/Maker: Yukio Ogura

Size: 18x7x4cm

Notes: Five business cards are "fanned" by spring-loaded mechanism. Not a puzzle. This was a 2007 Karakuri Christmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 4653 - Whorl 2 (TJ-3-2)

Est. value: $300

Winning bid: $333

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Whorl 2 (TJ-3-2) by Shiro Tajima

Designer/Maker: Shiro Tajima

Edge: 8.5cm

Notes: This is a plain dark box with one moving panel. However the surprising movement of the panel is something not seen in any other trick box. Winner of jury's Honorable Mention in 2001 IPP Design Competition. One visible scratch and some wear on one panel. Includes original box and solution diagram.

Source: Dick Hess Collection

 

Lot 4904 - Four 6-Piece Burrs

Est. value: $350

Winning bid: $625

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Four 6-Piece Burrs by Yoshiyuki Ninomiya

Maker: Yoshiyuki Ninomiya

Stick length: 10cm

Notes: Four separate 6-piece burrs; each burr with an unnotched key piece. Each burr, coded A-D, has one piece with logo stamped in ink (one is smudged; see photo), and each has separate packaging and solution sheet.

 

Lot 4905 - Confetto Box 2 (RF-39)

Est. value: $125

Winning bid: $120

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Confetto Box 2 (RF-39) by Hiroshi Iwahara

Designer/Maker: Hiroshi Iwahara

Size: 8x8x8cm

Notes: Find secret compartment; mechanism is similar to the original Confetto Box. Made from teak and magnolia. Karakuri Christmas present from 2014. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

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