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Now in its eighth decade, Monopoly ranks as the world's most successful board game. Some 200 million games have been sold around the world, and more than 750 million people have played Monopoly across 80 countries in 26 languages. There have been dozens of versions introduced by Hasbro (HAS
) and its national and local licensees.
Roll the dice right, make a few bold decisions, and buy up Jalan Bukit Bintang in Malaysia or the Elbschausee in Hamburg. Charge hefty rents, build houses and hotels in London's Kensington Palace Gardens or Mayfair, and in no time you can make yourself into a Monopoly millionaire.
HALLOWED SQUARES. Even though Monopoly locations are named after real places, most of the boards don't exactly mirror the real world. In the U.S. version, the two most expensive squares—colored dark blue and located just before "Go"—remain Boardwalk and Park Place and sell for $400 and $350, respectively.
Want to buy an actual Boardwalk mansion in Atlantic City? There's one available for $9.9 million. A four-bedroom apartment on Chicago's Michigan Avenue—part of the Magnificent Mile—will set you back $3.6 million. A five-bedroom apartment on Paris' Champs-Elysees will cost you $7 million.
Take a tour of some of the real-world properties in the neighborhoods that occupy the hallowed squares just before "Go." They're bound to grab your fancy—even though you may have to be content with the board-game versions.
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