06-21-2005, 10:20 PM

It may have been the most expensive game of rock, paper, scissors ever played. Takashi Hashiyama, president of Maspro Denkoh Corporation, an electronics company based outside of Nagoya, Japan, could not decide whether Christie’s or Sotheby’s should sell the company’s art collection, which is worth more than $20 million. So he ordered the rival auction houses to play a round of scissors paper stone for the privilege. (Jak en Poy ba.)

Sotheby’s treated the contest as a game of chance, but Nicholas Maclean, the international director of Christie’s Impressionist and modern art department, consulted his 11-year-old twin daughters. On their advice, the company played scissors to Sotheby’s paper and clinched the contract.

More from the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/29/arts/design/29scis.html?ex=1119499200&en=f788028cbf7b51ef&ei=5070&ei=5094&en=3b51f52839df923c&hp=&ex=1114747200&adxnnl=1&partner=homepage&adxnnlx=1119359008-c8XdGeUCtNbXi//DFSWr5w) – registration (probably) required – and from the Times Online (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1649334,00.html).


06-22-2005, 12:29 PM

Interesting article. :slight_smile:

Speaking of “janken”, for those who are interested I have this website in my bookmarks:


It’s in Japanese. The website provides info on the variations of “janken” all around Japan, and in several countries (including Pinas). :wink:

This is an archived page from the former Timog Forum website.