When I started the series on 'Top eBay Chess Items', there were no live auctions. Now they pop up every fortnight and are always good candidates for the final post.
I could have said the same for the present auction. I had two live auction candidates on my short list and picked the item pictured below because it looked less commercial.
The eBay auction was titled 'Russian Charcoal Drawing -– Children Playing Chess Lot 422; Part of a live auction event'. It sold for US $1750 after 21 bids starting at $400.
The description added,
Russian charcoal drawing on paper of six children gathered in a field, two of the children are playing chess; signed lower left in Cyrillic script; in excellent condition with no rips, tears, foxing, staining or visible repairs. 26 in. high x 28 in. wide. Seller's Estimate: USD 800 - 1,200
Out of curiosity I clicked through to the eBay page, About Live Auctions, where I learned,
We’re opening the doors of traditional auction houses, giving global shoppers a new way to bid on world-class art and collectibles. This is the classic auction house experience, with an innovative twist.
I should have looked into that when I first encountered live auctions.