10 November 2013

Anand - Carlsen Autographs

For this current edition of Top eBay Chess Items by Price, I could have used either of a couple of Fischer items. A nice photo of 13-year Bobby that I had never seen before sold for US $810 after receiving 29 bids from nine bidders. Another item, a couple of similar philatelic covers from the 1971 Fischer vs. Taimanov Candidates match at Vancouver -- one signed by Fischer, the other by Taimanov -- sold for $650 after one bid.

Instead of using one of those choices, I decided to look at items featuring GMs Anand or Carlsen, since today sees game two of their World Championship title match. I was pleased to find the tournament program shown below, one of the top items by price for both players. Its title was 'London Chess Classic 2010 SIGNED Anand / Carlsen / Kramnik' and it sold for GBP 75.00 ('approximately US $119.96') after one bid. A few days later another copy of the same program sold 'Buy It Now' for the same price.

As my composite image shows, Anand was world no.1 and Carlsen world no.2 at the time of the London tournament. The description added,

2nd London Chess Classic Olympia 8-15 Dec 2010; Tournament Programme [SIGNED]; By Magnus Carlsen / Hikaru Nakamura / Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand / Vladimir Kramnik / Michael Adams / Nigel Short / Luke McShane / David Howell

Approx Size: 8.25 x 11.75 inches (21 x 29.5 cms). Paperback. 31 printed pages. Light creasing to covers, slight rubbing to spine, short tear to top edge of front cover. Signed by all eight competitors. Signature of Vishy Anand is smudged. Overall Condition is Very Good.

I'm sure that some day this item will sell for much more.

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