Chess piece kept in a drawer for 50 years is worth R18m

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Chess piece kept in a drawer for 50 years is worth R18m

Family learns the little medieval 'trinket' is part of the Lewis Chessmen, a famous hoard of 93 objects

Gareth Davies

A medieval chess piece missing for almost 200 years could fetch £1m (R18m) at auction after a family discovered the object they kept in a drawer is one of the long-lost Lewis Chessmen.

The Lewis Chessmen – a famous hoard of 93 objects – were discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

But the whereabouts of five pieces from the collection have remained a mystery...

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