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A 900-year-old Viking chess square that was bought for reduction than $10 in a 1960s has been sole during auction for $924,000.
The 3 1/2-inch Lewis Chessman was sole to an unknown bidder during Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday.
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The intensely singular chess square was bought for 5 U.K. pounds ($6.30) in 1964 by an antique play in Edinburgh, Scotland, and afterwards upheld down by this family. For years, a Chessman was kept in a drawer during a home of a antiques dealer’s daughter.
File print – This picture done accessible by Sotheby’s on Monday Jun 3, 2019, shows a newly detected Lewis Chessman on arrangement during Sotheby’s in London.
(Tristan Fewings/Sotheby’s around AP)
Sotheby’s describes a Less Chessmen as “the many famous chess pieces to have survived from a Gothic world.” The auction residence had estimated that a chess square would sell for between $670,000 and $1.26 million.
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The Lewis Chessmen are intricate, fluent chess pieces in a form of Norse warriors, forged from walrus ivory in a 12th century.
A store of dozens of pieces, amounting to 4 chess sets, was detected in 1831 on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis — though 5 of a pieces were missing.
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The Sotheby’s piece, a homogeneous of a rook, is a initial blank chessman to be identified.
Of a 93 pieces found on a Isle of Lewis, 82 are now in a British Museum in London and 11 are in a collection of a National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
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A reproduction of a Lewis Chessmen is used in a diversion of “Wizard’s Chess” played in a initial Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and a Philosopher’s Stone.”
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers