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Sotheby's - The Lewis Chessman

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 3: A newly discovered Lewis Chessman at Sotheby’s on June 3, 2019 in London, England. On 2 July in London, Sotheby’s will offer the first discovery of an unknown missing piece from the hoard of 93 objects found in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Made in the late 12th/early 13th century, and most likely Norwegian in origin, the Lewis Chessmen were probably the stock of a trader in chessmen that never reached their market, who buried them after a shipwreck. Acquired for £5 in 1964 by an antiques dealer in Edinburgh, the Lewis Warder will be presented with an estimate of £600,000-1,000,000 in Sotheby’s sale of Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art. The Lewis Chessmen are regarded as the most famous chess pieces to have survived from the medieval world. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's)
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