The Worlds Most Expensive games of Rock Paper Scissors are constantly updating. Want to know the most expensive games of rock paper scissors? Because of Rock Paper Scissors’ worldwide popularity, there are many instances which could be considered some of the greatest games of rock paper scissors. There have been many great games documented in television in shows such as, The Simpsons, Sienfeld, That 70’s Show and Southpark. In these instances Rock Paper Scissors has been used to one characters incompetence.

The greatest games of Rock Paper Scissors are a precident setting way of using RPS to help settle disputes in a legal matter. The other was a $20,000,000 USD game of Rock Paper Scissors.

Michael Jordan and $100,000 Rock Paper Scissors Games

We will start this list with the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) a story about Michael Jordan. According to former NBA player Jay Williams, Michael Jordan would play games of Rock Paper Scissors for $100,000 a game. Jay Williams starts talking about the game of Rock Paper Scissors in the video at 4:40.

The Auction House Rock Paper Scissors Match

In 2005, when Takashi Hashiyama, CEO of Japanese television equipment manufacturer Maspro Denkoh, decided to auction off the collection of Impressionist paintings owned by his corporation, including works by Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh, he contacted two leading auction houses, Christie’s International and Sotheby’s Holdings, seeking their proposals on how they would bring the collection to the market as well as how they would maximize the profits from the sale. Both firms made elaborate proposals, but neither was persuasive enough to get Hashiyama’s business. Unwilling to split up the collection into separate auctions, Hashiyama asked the firms to decide between themselves who would hold the auction, which included Cézanne’s Large Trees Under the Jas de Bouffan, worth $12–16 million.

The houses were unable to reach a decision. Hashiyama told the two firms to play rock–paper–scissors to decide who would get the rights to the auction, explaining that “it probably looks strange to others, but I believe this is the best way to decide between two things which are equally good”.

The auction houses had a weekend to come up with a choice of move. Christie’s went to the 11-year-old twin daughters (Flora and Alice) of the international director of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Department Nicholas Maclean, who suggested “scissors” because “Everybody expects you to choose ‘rock’.”

“Everybody knows you always start with scissors,” she added. “Rock is way too obvious, and scissors beats paper.” Flora piped in. “Since they were beginners, scissors was definitely the safest,” she said, adding that if the other side were also to choose scissors and another round was required, the correct play would be to stick to scissors — because, as Alice explained, “Everybody expects you to choose rock.”

Sotheby’s said that they treated it as a game of chance and had no particular strategy for the game, but went with “paper”.
The centerpiece of the company’s collection, Paul Cezanne’s “Les grands arbres au Jas de Bouffan,” sold for $11.8 million. Alfred Sisley piece, “La manufacture de Sevres,” sold for $1.6 million. Pablo Picasso’s “Boulevard de Clichy” went for $1.7 million, and Vincent van Gogh’s “Vue de la chambre de l’artiste, rue Lepic” went for $2.7 million.

How much did Christie’s make off this single game of Rock Paper Scissors? Christie’s charges a premium of 20% on the first $200,000 and 12% on the rest. In the end they made 2.2 million by choosing scissors. I hope the twins were able to get some toys for their decision.

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