Inside Battle of Issus, A $1.65-Million Chess Set

Attention chess lovers and history buffs, there’s now a chess set at M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans on sale for $1.65 million.

Named Battle of Issus after the second battle Alexander the Great fought against the Persian army (and first clash with Darius III) on November 5, 333 BCE , this impressive, late 20th-century chess set (25 1/2″ wide x 25 1/2″ deep x 10″ high) is considered by Bill Rau, Owner and CEO of M.S. Rau Antiques to be “an exceptional work of art you won’t find anywhere else in the world.”

As expected, like many expensive chess sets out there, a large number of precious stones can be found in this masterpiece. In addition to the pink rhodonite and green malachite that comprise the surface of the board and the bases of all the pieces, there are approximately 4 kilograms of 14K gold, 2.3 kilograms of 24K gold, 5 kilograms of pure silver, 320 grams of garnets, plus accents including pearls, turquoise, rose quartz and enamel that make every part of the design sparkle.

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