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Chess Piece Sold for $1 Million at Auction

Chess Piece Sold for $1 Million at Auction

Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 04:30
The newly discovered medieval chess piece
Asharq Al-Awsat

A chess piece purchased for five pounds in 1964, and kept in the closet of a house in the Scottish city of Edinburg for 55 years, fetched 735,000 sterling pounds ($928,000), hitting a new record for a medieval chess piece at auction.

The chess piece was found on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 in a room with stone walls.

The treasure made of sculpted ivory is composed of 78 chess piece and 14 pieces involved in other games, along with a buckle of a bag or belt. The stone is thought to be made in Trondheim, Norway between the years 1100 and 1200, at the end of the Viking Age.

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