Chess set is Starr attraction

A gold and silver-plated chess set, modelled on the hands of Ringo Starr, is displayed at the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo.

The chess set was commissioned by fellow Beatle George Harrison in 1973 and is being shown to mark the opening of a new store for Asprey.

The Mayfair jeweller enjoys a cult following in Japan, where it caters to the wealthy. It is taking orders for replica copies of the chess set at 4.15 million yen (£19,411) each.

Ringo Starr apparently learnt to play chess during the Sergeant Pepper recording sessions, and plays a decent game.

John Lennon also used to love the game, as does his widow Yoko Ono, who gave a cash-strapped American high school chess team $2,500 this year so that they could take part in state and national championships.

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