— On this date on September 20th, 2000, it was reported by the British Telegraph that a rare chess set depicting the warring armies of Italian Benito Mussolini and Emperor Haile Selassie would be up for grabs on the auction block at Christi’s London Auction House.
It was estimated the set would sell at the September 20th event for a minimum of £1000. The chess set was one of 30 rarity chess sets to be auctioned at the event.
The sets had been found in a New York home, and collectively estimated to be worth over $160,ooo.
(Photo: Senterej–Ethiopian Chess.
A photograph depicting the particular set mentioned above could not be found, so here is a photograph of some of the traditional pieces of the Ethiopian chess equivalent called Senterej. Remarkably similar to chess with a few exceptions, this variant of chess is reportedly been in play in Ethiopia among the royals as early as the 16th century.)