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Medieval chess figure believed to be a ‘missing’ piece from the Lewis chessmen set sells at £600,000 at Sotheby’s

02 July 2019

A chess figure bought in 1964 in Edinburgh for £5 by an antiques dealer and stored in a drawer for decades has sold at a hammer price of £600,000 at Sotheby’s in London.

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‘New addition’ to the Lewis chessmen

10 June 2019

Sotheby’s believes it has found a missing piece from the Lewis chessmen hoard – the cache of 12th or 13th century walrus ivory carvings that chiefly resides in the British Museum.

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Bought for £5 in 1964: 'Lewis Chessmen' piece comes to auction with estimate of up to £1m at Sotheby’s

03 June 2019

Dating from the 12th and early 13th centuries, the Lewis Chessmen collection was rediscovered on Lewis in 1831 and is among the most famous archaeological finds.

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Five places to see, buy and celebrate Bauhaus on its centenary

27 April 2019

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art school and, from attending special events to buying a piece of its influential design, there are plenty of ways to mark the centenary.

Medieval ivory chess piece sold at Sotheby’s

King of the saleroom – medieval chess piece sells at £540,000

08 July 2016

A medieval chess piece produced one of the most exciting moments in Sotheby’s Treasures auction in London.

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Early chess pieces come to Sotheby’s from seminal collection of German grandmaster

01 April 2016

An important collection of early chess pieces will be offered as part of Sotheby’s Islamic sale in London on April 20.

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Staunton’s first chessbox takes £5800 in Carlisle

16 April 2012

BY the early decades of the 19th century it was clear that the ancient and cosmopolitan game of chess would require pieces of standardised size and shape as it entered the era of international competition.

The incomparable game

06 May 2005

A CHESS sale held by Bloomsbury Auctions on April 14 included a small book section in which a 1745 edition of Philip Stamma’s The Noble Game of Chess, the half calf gilt bindings of the two vols. now a bit loose, sold at £920.

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Repeating pattern for chess sale

15 June 2004

DR Kaspar J Stock’s interest in chess sets was kindled when he received a traditional red and white chess set as a wedding present in 1960. He spent the next 40 years building up his collection, first hunting around the flea markets and antique shops of Northern Europe and Italy then extending his catchment area further afield to St Petersburg, New York and the Far East.

It’s more fun and games at Bloomsbury

15 June 2004

THE expansion of Bloomsbury Auctions continues apace with the announcement that they are moving into the chess and games market.

Anglo-Dutch battle across board for India won at £13,500

23 March 2004

IF the performance of the 52-lot clock section of Bristol Auction Rooms (15% buyer's premium) March 2 sale was anything to go by, this firm’s reputation for selling timepieces is gathering pace.

1920s set of chess pieces from the Allen Hofrichter collection

25 September 2000

UK: WHATEVER the privations of life in the Soviet Union, one could still enjoy a simple game of chess. But because official art is turned to the use of propaganda in every dictatorship, so the more opulent chess sets in post-revolutionary Russia became a metaphor for the struggle between communists and capitalists.