• Joe Johnston Sold the Original Screen Used Jumanji Board for over US$60K!

    The director of the 1995 American fantasy film Jumanji finally sold the original board of the film for US $60k. The auction on eBay ended after 193 bids and the winning bid had placed $60,800 to take the board home.

    The Jumanji board became popular after the film, where the main character Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) was trapped in the game for twenty-six years. His siblings found the board and on realizing that someone was trapped inside, tried to play the game to reverse the eventual tragedy. The fantasy board game came to life after the movie.

    The Original board came to Director’s Joe Johnston possession after he got a signed permission to sell the board from Studio director Michael Besman. The winner of the bid got the board, plus the signed COA with signatures from Michael Besman and Joe Johnston.

    The owner of the original board, Joe Johnston had made slight modifications of the board to ensure it does not fall apart. There were hinges that were added to the original board, since the board had fallen a couple of times while filming.

    Other modifications included new dice that were not in the original. According to the description on eBay, the dice used in the film were not meant to be seen. New dice had to be made and this replacement was necessary for ensuring that they worked effectively with the board. Despite these modifications, the board had no other major changes. The winning bidder remained anonymous after the closing of the bid in January 2014.