Most Expensive Chess Sets Ever Made

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Chess is regarded as one of the best strategy games of all time, and as of recently, it has started to rise in popularity once again. Ever since Netflix released its mini-series The Queen’s Gambit, people have started taking great interest in chess. In fact, e-commerce sites witnessed a spike in chessboard sales at the end of 2020. 

Being such an old game, chess sets saw a lot of different themes, almost anything that is mainstream has its own chess set variant like, Star Wars, superhero, anime characters, etc. However there are also chess sets that are quite expensive, and it’s hard to imagine anyone would play with those sets, given their overwhelming monetary value. So, it’s more of a decoration for those who can afford it and who respect the game. Now, let’s go over some of these super pricey sets.  

Royal Diamond Chess Set

One of the most well-known companies for selling extremely luxurious items is Charles Hollander, and the chess set you can buy here costs $500,000. Bernard Moquin is the designer of this set, and it combines exceptional craftsmanship with all the glamour and beauty of Charles Hollander’s product. Designing this set took over 4,000 hours, and given that the figures are made out of white gold and diamonds, it’s quite understandable why the cost is so high. 

Art of War

Sun Tzu’s legacy known as Art of War is one of the best books on warfare and military strategy. So, it’s an ideal theme for a chess set. This set was designed by Victor F. Scharstein, and the end product is solid gold, literally. The pieces were also crafted using precious gems like sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and of course diamonds. The set caught the attention of wealthy people all over the world and there was an auction to see who will get to buy this masterpiece. The offer from Indonesia was $750,000, but the maker decided to decline that offer, which means that whoever bought the set probably paid more. 

Jewel Royale

The previous two entries had gems and diamonds, but even with those precious materials they still pale in comparison to Jewel Royale sets. This is definitely the most expensive set in the world, and the other two don’t even come close. However, the hype for this set managed to give birth to rumors that a single piece will be worth more than $100,000 and the entire set will be worth almost 10 million dollars. 

The set is indeed meticulously crafted and styled, and it takes a lot of gold and gems in order to complete it, but it does not cost as nearly as it was rumored. The set can be crafted and delivered within 4 months, on-demand, and it is worth $1,327,515. In other words, it’s a perfect buy for someone who was mining and buying bitcoin from the very start and held on to it.