Colin Burn, Australia-based artist and jeweler has created the most expensive chess set in the world. A perfect collector’s item for the superrich, the luxury chess set comes with a price tag of $4 million. Called the ‘Pearl Royale’, this one-of-a-kind game set is inspired from the renowned 1849 Staunton standard chess set. You can probably realize the exclusivity of this luxurious set, when you come to know that it’s been exhibited only once. It was at an art gallery in Beverly Hills, California back in 2019.
The Pearl Royale chess set is crafted from solid 18k white gold and then embellished with 513 carats of fine white diamonds. Besides that, this lavish chess set features south sea pearls and Ceylon blue sapphires. The crystal glass board is adorned with 18k white gold, south sea pearls and fine diamond set corners. Each piece is handcrafted painstakingly with finest quality materials and unparalleled craftsmanship. The underside of each piece is made from high quality diamonds and finished with smooth polished edges. It allows them to glide effortlessly on the glass board.
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The King is made from 162gms 18k white gold whereas the Queen is made from 158gms 18k solid white gold. All the pieces of the world’s most expensive chess set are rhodium-coated. The Pearl Royale chess set from Colin Burn is a limited edition of only three sets. Each set is hallmarked, numbered and authenticated by the artist himself. The most expensive chess set comes with a hefty price tag of $4 million.
The Pearl Royale chess set will be making another appearance as Colin is planning to organize a tournament. It will be played on this luxurious chess set and will feature greatest chess players from around the world. Well, if you are rich enough, a private exhibition by appointment can also be organized at the ACCA gallery in Beverly Hills.