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Art world chess match recreated
Carol Holt and Sir Peter Blake
The wooden chessboard was made in New York in 1946
Artist Sir Peter Blake has recreated a famous chess game between surrealist Marcel Duchamp and nude model Eve Babitz ahead of a major auction.

The chessboard, created by Duchamp in 1946 and immortalised in the game at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1963, goes on sale in London on Monday.

Sotheby's estimate it will sell for between 180,000 and 250,000.

Artists' model Carol Holt played against Blake. The surrealist sale also includes work by Dali and Magritte.


Duchamp is probably most famous for his work Fountain, which shocked the art establishment when he took the work, a urinal, signed it and put it on display in 1917.

Replica of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain
Fountain is considered a landmark work of modernism

The work was named the most influential modern art work of all time in a poll of 500 art experts in 2004.

A Frenchman attacked the urinal with a hammer earlier this month when it was on display at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

He was ordered to pay a fine of 214,000 euros (147,000). The work was left with a slight crack.

Duchamp has inspired many contemporary artists, including Tracey Emin.

Chess was an obsession for the French-born artist - he devoted much of his life to studying the game and played in the French chess championships.

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