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What’s In That Game Box? Masterpiece (1970)

Masterpiece 1970 box front

Ever scoured the Internet looking for what exactly you were missing from the old board game you pulled from your closet, only to find no succor in your time of need?  Well, stop that Diabloesque mouse clickfest through endless google results, as this week we look at Parker Brothers’ 1970 classic board game, Masterpiece: The Art Auction Game.

There have been several versions of Masterpiece over the years, and you can read more about that here: The Best Classic Board Games – Masterpiece (1970) This edition of What’s In That Game Box deals only with the standard 1970 version.  The contents are as follows:

The Game Box (shows six game characters bidding on a painting, and the back of the auctioneer’s head)

The Game Board (with a green back and brown front with green trim)

6 plastic player tokens (Blue, Black, Custard Yellow, Green, Red, White)

Two 6-sided dice

24 white plastic clips (for attaching the Value Cards to the Art Cards)

24 Art Cards (used with permission from the National Gallery, London, England), which are:

  • Lady with a Fan, Frans Hals
  • A Young Woman standing at a Virginal, Johannes Vermeer
  • Aix: Paysage Rocheux, Paul Cézanne
  • Cartoon: The Virgin and Child with SS. Anne and John the Baptist, Leonardi da Vinci
  • Cornelis van der Geest, Sir Anthony van Dyck
  • Courtyard of a House in Delft, Pieter de Hoogh
  • Danseuses, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
  • Femme assise dans un Jardin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Le Chapteau de Paille, Peter Paul Rubens
  • Les Parapluies, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Lower Norwood, Londres, Effet de Neige, Camille Pissarro
  • Mrs. Siddons, Thomas Gainsborough
  • Portrait of a Lady in Yellow, Alesso Baldovinetti
  • Rain, Steam and Speed – the Great Western Railway, Joseph Mallord William Turner
  • Saskia as Flora, Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh
  • The Avenue, Middelharnis, Meyndert Hobbema
  • The Beach at Trouville, Claude-Oscar Monet
  • The Cornfield, John Constable
  • The Duke of Wellington, Francisco de Goya
  • The Shrimp Girl (Sketch), William Hogarth
  • The Waitress (La Servante de Bocks), Édouard Manet
  • Une Baignade, Asnières, Georges Seurat
  • Venice: A Regatta on the Grand Canal, Giovanni Antonio Canaletto

24 Value Cards, as follows:

  • $1,000,000
  • $750,000
  • $700,000 (x2)
  • $650,000
  • $600,000 (x2)
  • $550,000
  • $500,000 (x2)
  • $450,000 (x2)
  • $400,000 (x2)
  • $350,000
  • $300,000 (x2)
  • $250,000
  • $200,000 (x2)
  • $150,000
  • $100,000
  • FORGERY (x2)


6 Character / Distribution of Masterpiece Value Cards (Baron Dietrich von Oberlitzer; “Bitsy” Rich Wong Dobrowski Keyes;  Count Francois du Bonnet; Millicent Friendly; Roxy “Big D” Warrenson, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.; V. Elton Whitehall Esq.)

A supply of play money (in denominations of $1 million; $500,000; $100,000; and $50,000)

Rules pamphlet

Aside from the cardboard inner box content separators, that’s it!

Masterpiece 1970 box contents

15 Responses

  1. those are not the paintings in the 1970s edition. I have the 1970 edition. If I can dig out the game I will list the paintings, but the ones you listed are not the 70s game. I think yours is the 76 version.

    • Can you find your edition? I’m trying to match up my cards and none of them match above

    • You are correct. Missing, at the very least the Pollock and the Hooper.

    • My original 1970 version has only one die (as described in the instruction pamphlet) and the cards from the Art Institute of Chicago. It has a brown backed game board, and value cards with dealer bios.

  2. After watching monuments men it made me wish I still had mine!!! Loved this game soo much….

  3. the one we have has a lighter yellow and a brown and is missing the black.

  4. looking at my 1970 edition i have:
    26 * white plastic clips
    20 * 50,000 bills
    25 * 100,000 bills
    26 * 500,000 bills
    10 * 1,000,000, bills

    I am sure back in the day, quality control was lacking and counts could be off by +/- 2.

    the rest of the equipment counts match what is listed in the Rules.

  5. Does anyone know where I can get the replacement white clips only?

  6. I am trying to repair a 1970 version of the game I received as a kid.
    I am missing the 1970 instructions. I also need to know about the denominations. I have 20 bills each of 50,000, 100,000, 500,000 and 1,000,000. In the 1970 issued game, how much money is given each player to start. My 11 yr old would like to play the game. Thanks

  7. You forgot the money!!!

  8. Do you know the quantity of each of the notes in the set? Do you have a good clear picture of one?
    Mant thanks for any help you might offer.
    Best wishes,

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