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The art of Faberge eggs

<p>An assistant poses for a photograph with a Faberge egg during a photo-call at  antique dealer Wartski, in central London April 7, 2014. The $20 million egg, hailing from the court of imperial Russia, was bought in a U.S. junk market by a scrap metal dealer, before it was acquired by Wartski for an unidentified private collector. REUTERS/Olivia Harris</p>

An assistant poses for a photograph with a Faberge egg during a photo-call at antique dealer Wartski, in central London April 7, 2014. The $20 million egg, hailing from the court of imperial Russia, was bought in a U.S. junk market by a scrap metal...more

An assistant poses for a photograph with a Faberge egg during a photo-call at antique dealer Wartski, in central London April 7, 2014. The $20 million egg, hailing from the court of imperial Russia, was bought in a U.S. junk market by a scrap metal dealer, before it was acquired by Wartski for an unidentified private collector. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>The Renaissance Egg (L) and the Resurrection Egg are displayed in the Vatican Museums, April 14, 2011. The Renaissance Egg was presented by Emperor Alexander III to his wife the Empress Maria Feodorovna at Easter in 1894, according to the exhibition's website.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile</p>

The Renaissance Egg (L) and the Resurrection Egg are displayed in the Vatican Museums, April 14, 2011. The Renaissance Egg was presented by Emperor Alexander III to his wife the Empress Maria Feodorovna at Easter in 1894, according to the...more

The Renaissance Egg (L) and the Resurrection Egg are displayed in the Vatican Museums, April 14, 2011. The Renaissance Egg was presented by Emperor Alexander III to his wife the Empress Maria Feodorovna at Easter in 1894, according to the exhibition's website. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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<p>The Coronation Egg by Faberge is seen on display during an exhibition in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

The Coronation Egg by Faberge is seen on display during an exhibition in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

The Coronation Egg by Faberge is seen on display during an exhibition in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>The Lilies of the Valley Faberge egg is displayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies and pearls was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, for Easter 1898. REUTERS/Nikola Solic</p>

The Lilies of the Valley Faberge egg is displayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies and pearls was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, for Easter 1898....more

The Lilies of the Valley Faberge egg is displayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies and pearls was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, for Easter 1898. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>A visitor looks at "The Kelch Chanticleer Egg" on display in the Vatican Museums at the Vatican April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile</p>

A visitor looks at "The Kelch Chanticleer Egg" on display in the Vatican Museums at the Vatican April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

A visitor looks at "The Kelch Chanticleer Egg" on display in the Vatican Museums at the Vatican April 14, 2011. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

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<p>An employee displays a jewel egg called "The Dedication of Faberge", which displays a portrait of legendary artist-jeweler Peter Carl Faberge and costs about $60,000, at a factory owned by jewellery maker Russkiye Samotsvety Corporation in St. Petersburg, August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

An employee displays a jewel egg called "The Dedication of Faberge", which displays a portrait of legendary artist-jeweler Peter Carl Faberge and costs about $60,000, at a factory owned by jewellery maker Russkiye Samotsvety Corporation in St....more

An employee displays a jewel egg called "The Dedication of Faberge", which displays a portrait of legendary artist-jeweler Peter Carl Faberge and costs about $60,000, at a factory owned by jewellery maker Russkiye Samotsvety Corporation in St. Petersburg, August 23, 2012. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>The 1914 Faberge Mosaic Egg, one of four Faberge eggs among the Royal Collection of Britain's Queen Elizabeth ll, is pictured in London November 20, 2003. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool</p>

The 1914 Faberge Mosaic Egg, one of four Faberge eggs among the Royal Collection of Britain's Queen Elizabeth ll, is pictured in London November 20, 2003. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool

The 1914 Faberge Mosaic Egg, one of four Faberge eggs among the Royal Collection of Britain's Queen Elizabeth ll, is pictured in London November 20, 2003. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool

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<p>The "Alexander III Monument" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

The "Alexander III Monument" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

The "Alexander III Monument" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>Visitors look at the baroque Cockerel Faberge Imperial Easter egg at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, June 15 2005. The Cockerel, or Cuckoo Egg, is one of six Faberge Imperial Easter eggs with embedded mechanics, which reveals a bird flapping its wings and crowing. REUTERS/Maxie Goetze</p>

Visitors look at the baroque Cockerel Faberge Imperial Easter egg at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, June 15 2005. The Cockerel, or Cuckoo Egg, is one of six Faberge Imperial Easter eggs with embedded mechanics, which reveals a bird flapping its...more

Visitors look at the baroque Cockerel Faberge Imperial Easter egg at Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin, June 15 2005. The Cockerel, or Cuckoo Egg, is one of six Faberge Imperial Easter eggs with embedded mechanics, which reveals a bird flapping its wings and crowing. REUTERS/Maxie Goetze

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<p>The "Standart" yacht egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

The "Standart" yacht egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

The "Standart" yacht egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>Lily of the Valley Egg by Faberge is admired by visitors at the exhibition in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

Lily of the Valley Egg by Faberge is admired by visitors at the exhibition in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Lily of the Valley Egg by Faberge is admired by visitors at the exhibition in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>The "Memory of Azov" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

The "Memory of Azov" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

The "Memory of Azov" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>The Faberge "Winter Egg" on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow March 27, 2001. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

The Faberge "Winter Egg" on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow March 27, 2001. REUTERS/Stringer

The Faberge "Winter Egg" on display in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow March 27, 2001. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>The "Alexander Palace" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

The "Alexander Palace" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

The "Alexander Palace" egg by Faberge sits on display in the Kremlin April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>The Rothschild Faberge egg is displayed at Christie's auction house in London October 4, 2007. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>

The Rothschild Faberge egg is displayed at Christie's auction house in London October 4, 2007. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

The Rothschild Faberge egg is displayed at Christie's auction house in London October 4, 2007. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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<p>A museum employee looks at Faberge "Falcon-Egg" created in 2000 by work master Victor Mayer on display at a jewellery exhibition in Moscow April 12, 2001. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor</p>

A museum employee looks at Faberge "Falcon-Egg" created in 2000 by work master Victor Mayer on display at a jewellery exhibition in Moscow April 12, 2001. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

A museum employee looks at Faberge "Falcon-Egg" created in 2000 by work master Victor Mayer on display at a jewellery exhibition in Moscow April 12, 2001. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

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<p>Judy Coombes (R) and Susan McMunn look at the 1906 Moscow Kremlin Egg, the largest Faberge Easter egg on display at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum July 1, 1996. REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Judy Coombes (R) and Susan McMunn look at the 1906 Moscow Kremlin Egg, the largest Faberge Easter egg on display at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum July 1, 1996. REUTERS/David Gray

Judy Coombes (R) and Susan McMunn look at the 1906 Moscow Kremlin Egg, the largest Faberge Easter egg on display at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum July 1, 1996. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A visitor admires a precious richly decorated egg by Andrei Ananov at an exhibition in St.Petersburg, May 19, 2003. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

A visitor admires a precious richly decorated egg by Andrei Ananov at an exhibition in St.Petersburg, May 19, 2003. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A visitor admires a precious richly decorated egg by Andrei Ananov at an exhibition in St.Petersburg, May 19, 2003. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>The Order of St. George Faberge egg is displayed during the exhibition "Treasures of Imperial Russia" in Croatia's Adriatic town of Dubrovnik on November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, silver, enamel and water-color on ivory was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his mother Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1916. REUTERS/Nikola Solic</p>

The Order of St. George Faberge egg is displayed during the exhibition "Treasures of Imperial Russia" in Croatia's Adriatic town of Dubrovnik on November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, silver, enamel and water-color on ivory was presented by Emperor...more

The Order of St. George Faberge egg is displayed during the exhibition "Treasures of Imperial Russia" in Croatia's Adriatic town of Dubrovnik on November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, silver, enamel and water-color on ivory was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his mother Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1916. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>A visitor admires a Faberge Egg, presented by the Russian Czar Nikolas II to his wife in 1911, during an exhibition in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>

A visitor admires a Faberge Egg, presented by the Russian Czar Nikolas II to his wife in 1911, during an exhibition in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A visitor admires a Faberge Egg, presented by the Russian Czar Nikolas II to his wife in 1911, during an exhibition in Moscow, May 18, 2004. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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<p>The Bay Tree Faberge egg is displayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, nephrite, quartz, diamonds, rubies, amethyst, citrines and pearls was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1911. REUTERS/Nikola Solic</p>

The Bay Tree Faberge egg is displayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, nephrite, quartz, diamonds, rubies, amethyst, citrines and pearls was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna...more

The Bay Tree Faberge egg is displayed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, November 3, 2007. The egg of gold, nephrite, quartz, diamonds, rubies, amethyst, citrines and pearls was presented by Emperor Nicholas 2nd to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1911. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

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<p>A young visitor takes a closer look at the "Peter I" Easter egg made by Russian jewelers of diamonds, gold and jade in Faberge style on display at the international jewellery exhibition in St. Petersburg February 11. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk</p>

A young visitor takes a closer look at the "Peter I" Easter egg made by Russian jewelers of diamonds, gold and jade in Faberge style on display at the international jewellery exhibition in St. Petersburg February 11. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk more

A young visitor takes a closer look at the "Peter I" Easter egg made by Russian jewelers of diamonds, gold and jade in Faberge style on display at the international jewellery exhibition in St. Petersburg February 11. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

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<p>A visitor admires decorated eggs in central Moscow, October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev</p>

A visitor admires decorated eggs in central Moscow, October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

A visitor admires decorated eggs in central Moscow, October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

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<p>A visitor admires decorated eggs at an opening of Faberge Grand Collection Gallery in central Moscow near the Kremlin, October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev</p>

A visitor admires decorated eggs at an opening of Faberge Grand Collection Gallery in central Moscow near the Kremlin, October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

A visitor admires decorated eggs at an opening of Faberge Grand Collection Gallery in central Moscow near the Kremlin, October 25, 2005. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

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<p>Herbert Mohr-Mayer, sole work master for creating Faberge objects of art and jewellery in the world, uses a magnifying glass to examine the only Faberge Gorbachev Peace Egg, April 30, 1997. REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Herbert Mohr-Mayer, sole work master for creating Faberge objects of art and jewellery in the world, uses a magnifying glass to examine the only Faberge Gorbachev Peace Egg, April 30, 1997. REUTERS/David Gray

Herbert Mohr-Mayer, sole work master for creating Faberge objects of art and jewellery in the world, uses a magnifying glass to examine the only Faberge Gorbachev Peace Egg, April 30, 1997. REUTERS/David Gray

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