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A 19th century ivory and ebony chess set – €11,500 (£9830) at Mehlis.

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The realistically carved figures came complete with a wooden box but the auction house could provide no information about their origin. The starting price of €100 was obviously enticing and the bidding took off. Bids came in from several parts of Germany, from Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

At the end, the collector from Luxemburg outpaced his competitors with his final move of €11,500 (£9830) on August 26-28.