Still on my hunt for the Berrocal minis. This time I managed to get a copy of Mini-Zoraida! She too was a steal. In my hunting, I know I could go to a certain seller in the UK and probably get the rest of the set that I am missing, but the fun for me is in the hunt. And no, I don't mean just going to eBay and winning an online auction. Have you seen the prices over there? They are insane! The puzzle here is now on sale for $3000! Good luck to the seller, And to the buyer....I'll sell you mine for that price.
Ok, enough being snarky. On to the puzzle. Unlike Michelle, Zoraida came into my home boxed and beautiful! I had no cleaning up to do. The previous owner loved and cared for her as dearly as I will.
You will notice there are two stands with her as well. One raises the sculpture 1 1/2" above the table, the other raises her a foot. I think we'll stick with the shorter one. This copy came with a book as well. I'm a bit suspect though because there is no edition number written in this book. Not a problem I guess in the greater scheme of things. The puzzle has 25 pieces to it and as with all the other Berrocal minis, it's slightly risque. Zoraida is a woman who has her arms wrapped around her bust. She has no head and I'm sure you can find a joke in there somewhere. As usual, there is also a ring inside, and this time, it makes up her breasts. I'm taking a guess here, but I think the rock inside is 2 moonstones.
To unlock her is just a treat. Her topmost shoe is a key! Seriously. Slide it down and pull it out and the puzzle will come to pieces. As you can see from the photo below, I haven't gotten far in the disassembly. I brought it out of the box for a few photographs, brought her to yet another newspaper interview, and then put her back on the shelf. Time is the real issue for me, not lack of desire. Although, she is in such pristine condition I'm almost afraid to handle her. Which reminds me....I need to go get some more plastic boxes for these things. The weather.....
My only complaint about this puzzle is that it was sold as number 399. When I opened it up and took off the base I discovered she is 3996! I took it up with the seller who claimed ignorance. Well there is a huge difference! 399 would have been a silver edition. Instead I got the nickle and brass one. I did manage a price difference rebate though. I mean I didn't get what I paid for. I'm still happy with her all the same though. Like Michelle, she's beautiful and she looks good on my shelf too!
Again, I would recommend taking a look at John's webpage for more information. I also found some nice drooling e-books here, here, and here. If you want hard copies of these, they are available at various places, but start at around US$50 and go upwards of 200. Real coffee table books these are!
*Even if I didn't love the look of these puzzles, I'd love them just because he's toking away in almost every photo in his workshop. Nothing wrong with a good cigar while puzzling!