Sunday, April 06, 2008

Chess Auction

British house "Bonhams" has scheduled first specialized chess auction to take place on 13th May. Items are coming from all over the world, but organizers are particularly proud of an ivory board from the era of the Italian Renaissance. Due to the fact that such relics are rarely exhibited at the auctions, the Italian chessboard has become one of the most expensive lots - it is expected to be sold for 10-12 thousand pounds sterling.

Other rarities will be 16th century complete set of wooden chess pieces, 1830 Chinese chess board with pearls and decorated dragon head, a Congo set of chess pieces made of black wood and ivory in the form of chiefs, elders and witches, and the Islamic chess set where traditional pieces were replaced with abstract objects.


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