14-karat Lego Bionicle mask sells for thousands

Lego Bionicle 14-Karat Gold Mask Sells for $24,501 at Goodwill Auction

A stunning 14-karat gold Lego piece, the golden Kanohi Hau mask from Lego’s Bionicle line, fetched a whopping $24,501 at Goodwill’s online auction house on Wednesday.

While Lego has produced numerous plastic versions of the Bionicle masks, only a few dozen of the coveted golden pieces were made. These rare golden masks were reportedly given away during special Lego promotions, including competitions for kids to build websites and sweepstakes with Cartoon Network. It’s estimated that around 25 solid gold masks were distributed during these events, making them an extremely rare find.

The Bionicle line, known for its constructible robotic figures with various masks, was initially retired in 2005, then briefly brought back in 2015, retired again in 2016, and partially reintroduced in 2023 with a limited-time Bionicle set. The gold mask auctioned at Goodwill belonged to the Tahu character and was originally distributed in Lego-branded jewelry boxes.

According to Goodwill Industries of North Central Pennsylvania spokesperson Jessica Illuzzi, the gold mask was discovered in a box of random jewelry at the State College store, with staff unaware of its true value. This particular gold mask has actually been up for auction before, initially selling for $33,000 earlier this month before the winning bidder failed to make the payment. The gold content alone is estimated to be worth nearly $1,000, making it one of the most expensive Lego pieces to have ever been sold.