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Battle of Issus | 10 Strikingly Different Chess Sets

Artist: Anonymous

Date: 20th century

Materials: Gold, silver, and semi-precious stones

An Israeli-American jeweler who wishes to remain anonymous lavished more than 14,000 hours on making this chess set. Themed after the Battle of Issus (a 333 BCE fight that pitted Alexander the Great against King Darius III), each figure sits on a base of pink rhodonite or green malachite. New Orleans gallery M.S. Rau Antiques lists it for $1.65 million (table and chairs are included). (rauantiques.com)

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