The Maximalist

Chess may not be a game in danger of extinction, but Britain's House of Staunton is offering a set of pieces hand-carved from 40,000-year-old woolly mammoth ivory, excavated from the Siberian tundra. The set consists of 34 figures, including four queens. Smooth and substantial, the pieces come unadorned, though English leather pads can be added to the bottoms. This unique chance for checkmate sells for $9,999 (

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