The King is mine
the Queen is yours
the Rook cooks,
the Bishop reflects
the Knight is crooked
the Pawn spies
like all good rogues
he contains shades of the rest.

…Thus is the artist’s own poem inlaid in French on the board of a silver Chess set by Man Ray. One of a series of 50, the set is scheduled for auction Wednesday at Sotheby’s in London. Estimate: £40,000-60,000.

Man Ray Chess Set

[translation courtesy of Eric Harlaux]