Categories: OMG

Family Heirloom Turns Out To Be Missing Lewis Chessmen Piece Worth About $1.2M Or More

The buyer originally bought the chess piece for only $6!

Imagine being told that a quirky little heirloom that your grandfather passed down to your mother is actually worth more than a million dollars. That’s exactly what happened to a family when they brought a tiny ivory chess piece to an auction house. As it turns out, their grandfather’s old antique house purchase is one of the missing Lewis Chessmen pieces worth about $1.2 million or a little bit more.

The chess piece, which is made of walrus ivory and stands about 8.8 cm-tall, was originally purchased from an antiques dealer in Scotland back in 1964. Amazingly, the seller gave it to the buyer for only $6 and it became a unique little family heirloom for 55 years. However, the “warder”, which is equivalent to the rook in modern chess, is actually part of a medieval board 180 years ago.

It is unclear if the buyer or seller knew how important the ‘heirloom’ truly is.

When the buyer’s grandchildren brought the chess piece to a Sotheby’s auction house in London, they were possibly expecting to learn how old the artifact truly is. However, Sotheby’s expert Alexander Kader gave them the shock of their lives.

“They brought it in for assessment,” he said. “We get called down to the counter and have no idea what we are going to see. More often than not, it’s not worth very much. [But] I said, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s one of the Lewis Chessmen.'”

The Lewis chessmen (or Uig chessmen) were discovered in Scotland’s Isle of Lewis in 1831. However, the chess set itself is believed to have been created in the 12th century. Only 93 pieces from the original set have been found and the new discovery makes 94.

The Lewis chessmen are known for their quirky and unique looks.

The chess piece will go up for auction at Sotheby’s next month. Kader estimates that the warder could fetch up to $1.2 million or even more. “We can safely say that a million pounds will transform the seller’s life,” he said.

Kader was also quick to point out that the Lewis chessmen are almost complete. “There are still four out there somewhere. It might take another 150 years for another one to pop up,” he said.

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Bees Kill Penguins by Stinging Them in the Eyes

Swarm of bees stings the eyes of penguins in Cape town 60 penguins died from…

November 16, 2021

2000 Kilogram Sunfish Caught Off North African Coast

A massive ocean sunfish measuring 2,000 kilograms was caught on North African Coast It is named Mola alexandrini or…

November 16, 2021

Man Embezzles $57K in COVID-19 Relief to Buy Pokemon Cards

A businessman in Georgia utilized the Covid-19 relief to buy a limited edition Charizard Pokemon card He committed…

November 8, 2021

Florida Man Catches and “Recycles” Alligator in Driveway

Man captures an alligator in his neighbor's yard in FloridaHe uses a trash can to…

November 1, 2021

Man Shocks Reporter on How He’d Spend the Lottery Winnings

Man surprises the reporter with his answer on how he would use the money if…

November 1, 2021

Man Joins Search Operation Not Realizing He’s the One Missing

A man was lost in the forestA man joins a search party looking for himselfHe…

November 1, 2021

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience.