THE ivory chess set sitting in this Deakin house would probably be banned from sale if it wasn't so old.
The pre-embargo item, created sometime before 1949, is one of many items going to auction at 10.30am on Sunday.
The deceased estate auction will feature an Oscar Namatjira watercolour, a silver service set made in 1836 and sculptures by Croation-born Australian artist Ante Dabro, whose work is featured along Canberra's Anzac Parade.
Auctioneer Gary Skewes said each of the items, totalling close to 400, would sell for between $10 and $2000.
The chess set can be sold ethically due to its age.
Mr Skewes hoped for plenty of interest in all the items, despite the fact it has been a buyers' market for the past two years.
Also on the auction list are garden tools, oriental collectables, fridge, freezer, washing machine, art glass and table glassware.
Viewing opens at 9am at 16 Beauchamp Street, Deakin, and the auction is expected to finish about 2pm.