The World’s Five Most Expensive Chess Boards

Jewel Royale Chess Set

1 This chess set was manufactured in 2005 by the order of the British Jewelry Company Boodles, and with its estimated value of 9.8 million US Dollars it is currently the most expensive chess set in the world. Next to gold and platinum are gemstones, such as diamonds, rubies, pearls, and sapphires materials used in this masterpiece. Only the King is decorated with 146 diamonds and 73 rubies. Unfortunately, nobody has expressed their interest in buying the unique set until now. Luckily, the company had only ordered for the king produced so far. The price was reduced to 1.7 million US Dollars and in case a buyer is finally found the rest of the set will be manufactured and delivered within 4 months’ time.

Art of War Chess Set

2A luxurious set made of gold, rhodium, and gemstones. The manufacturer offers to individually design the ‘clothes’ of the pieces and to embellish them with gemstones. The golden feet upon which the board is standing is formed like real feet. On his website, the seller describes this set as an incredible gift for a special person. This is definitely the case, as its price amounts to 750,000 US Dollars.

Charles Hollander Diamond Chess Set

3Not only the materials, but also the handicraft of this 500,000 US Dollar chess set are remarkable. Bernard Maquin produced this breathtaking board in 2005. Thirty workers spent 4,500 hours of their precious time on this little piece of art that holds 1,186.75 grams white gold (14 carat) and black and white diamonds of almost 186.09 carat in more than 9,000 individual parts.

Carolingi XVI

4This chess set was designed by Piero Benzoni. The pieces are made from gold and silver and were fashioned in detail and represent the Turks and their enemies, the Karolinger, in the 9th century. With the help of the war horses, watch towers, and warriors equipped with shields and weapons you can easily recreate war scenes – if you are ready to spend 113,600 US Dollars first. This set can also be an eye-catching and decadent accessory in the salon of every rich person, even if they are incapable of playing checkmate.

Renault F1 Team Collection Chess Set

5The cheapest of the expensive chess sets: For 42,000 US Dollars a Formula 1 fan amongst us can become proud owner of this exceptional chess board. We admit: This idea is quite creative: All pieces were made from a Renault Formula 1 race car. Materials like stainless steel, aluminum, titan, and carbon fiber and the extraordinary and modern design make this this set so exclusive.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe