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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 October 2006, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Beatle-inspired chess set on show
A luxury chess set modelled on the hands of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr
The set was commissioned by fellow Beatle George Harrison in 1973
A gold and silver-plated chess set, modelled on the hands of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, has gone on show in a Tokyo department store.

The piece, commissioned by fellow band member George Harrison in 1973, was displayed at Takashimaya to mark the opening of a new Asprey store.

The London jeweller is selling replica sets for 15,000 each.

Starr apparently learned to play chess during the making of the Sergeant Pepper album, released in 1967.

The "hands", designed by Robin Crookshank, are set in a certain gestures to represent each chess figure, and include the rings worn by the star.

The Takashimaya department store, established in the 1930s in Kyoto as a kimono shop, is now an eight-storey shopping and dining emporium.


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