In a few days there will be an auction to see what prices the hardware used in the 1972 match will bring.
It's been said that the Icelanders (some anyway) were upset about the prospect of this piece of history leaving Iceland. All they have to do is pony up MORE $$$ than the one who will otherwise "win" it. But "locals" like stuff for free, it's pretty much always been that way.
If something sells for top dollar in New York from New York that is different. NY is cosmopolitan.
Bix Beiderbecke was a famous cornet player from Davenport, Iowa. But he died around 27-28 because he liked playing, drinking, and couldn't make much money doing any of the three. His house is a couple blocks from where I live and it needs work. Every year a BB gig is held, money is raised, blah blah speeches but no cash to fix the old joint up!
So... the Icelander who owns this table and chairs wants to sell it and get his money back when no one else came forward. The former Shah of Iran "pretended" to have interest in it. I say "pretended" because "money-talks and BS walks." By the time he got around to stop doing his thinking on the commode, he was "out of work."
I'll be interested to read the details since I had, at one time, one of the five sets used for this match. Unlike the Shah or other pretenders, I quickly sold it. The "casket" (box the pieces were in) had a bill of sale for $750 by the new owner (I got it from).
Chess history gets MORE and MORE exciting each day, but you have to be over 50 to enjoy it. I will write about this for Chess Gazette 163 or 164.