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Game on! Rare chess piece could fetch over $1 million
Posted Monday, June 3, 2019, at 12:29 PM
Photo credit: Sotheby's
LONDON — Checkmate!
Arguably the most expensive rook of all time will be auctioned off next month. Sotheby's seems confident the rare chess piece — a warder with helmet, shield and sword — from the late 12th/early 13th century will fetch somewhere between $670,000 and $1.26 million.
At over 900 years old, the 3.5 inch game figure is one of the Lewis Chessmen. The Lewis Chessmen are carved out of walrus ivory in the form of Norse warriors.
Approximately 80 to 90 pieces were found on Scotland's Isle of Lewis in 1831. Those rare finds are kept in two locations: the British Museum (London) and the National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh).
This particular find — the equivalent of a modern-day rook — is one of the five missing chess pieces. It was purchased for approximately five pounds by a Scottish antiques dealer back in 1964, according to a statement from the dealer's family who wish to remain anonymous. The rook was passed down by the family over the years.
And now the minute chess piece could auction off for over a million dollars. The long-lost rook will go on display in Edinburgh Tuesday, June 3 and then in London prior to the auction on July 2. Sotheby's Alexander Kader was stunned when the family brought in the rarity.
"They brought it in for assessment," Kader said. "That happens every day. Our doors are open for free valuations. We get called down to the counter and have no idea what we are going to see. More often than not, it's not worth very much. I said, 'Oh my goodness, it's one of the Lewis Chessmen!' It's a little bit bashed up. It has lost its left eye. But that kind of weather-beaten, weary warrior added to its charm."