A piece of chess history will be auctioned off in New York on Friday. Heritage Auctions in New York City has set an opening bid of USD 75,000 on the chess board used in Reykjavík in 1972 during the “Match of the Century” between American Bobby Fisher and defending Soviet world champion Boris Spassky. The auction coincides with the FIDE World Chess Championship, which began in New York last week, AP News reports.
The board was used by the chess champions in games 7-21. It is currently owned by an unidentified US collector. It is signed in black marker by both players and is offered along with the table and two chairs used by them during the match.
The 1972 match took place when tension between the two superpowers ran high during the Cold War. The Soviets had proudly dominated as chess world champions since World War II, but Fisher emerged as the first American world chess champion and a national US hero.
Fisher moved to Iceland in 2005, where he died in 2008. He had been evading US authorities since participating in a 1992 rematch with Spassky in Yugoslavia, which violated US economic sanctions.