Lewis chessmen piece bought for £5 in 1964 could sell for £1m

Started by gash, June 04, 2019, 11:18:26 pm

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A small walrus tusk warrior figure bought for £5 in 1964 - which, for years, was stored in a household drawer - has been revealed as a missing piece from one of the true wonders of the medieval world with a possible value of £1m.

The Lewis chessmen hoard was found in 1831 in the Outer Hebrides and the elaborately carved pieces soon became stars of museum collections in London and Edinburgh. They have also become well-known in popular culture from Noggin the Nog to Ron Weasley's perilous chess game in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The original hoard comprised 93 objects with the whereabouts of five pieces always a mystery. Until now. On Monday, the auction house Sotheby's announced it had authenticated a missing piece and would sell it in July with an estimated value of between £600,000 and £1m.

Full story here  :  https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/03/lewis-chessmen-piece-bought-for-5-pounds-in-1964-could-sell-for-1m-pounds?fbclid=IwAR1AAKxcor4T8ZOghdXSvSDBLch0fmsGK5KvG4OmsTD7TrgaUzh7bpu4koE
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