Nov. 20 - Russia’s first Faberge museum housing more than 4,000 items opens in St. Petersburg.
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The world's first museum dedicated to the work of Faberge opened in St. Petersburg.
The museum has more than 4,000 items on display including eggs and jewellery that were once snapped up by Russia's czars.
Museum director Vladimir Voronchenko.
(SOUNDBITE) Museum's director Vladimir Voronchenko saying (Russian):
"Here we have the world's best Faberge collection and I'm saying this not just to brag about it but because it is really the best collection in the world."
The Carl Faberge firm was founded in 1842.
Recent purchases by Russian oligarchs have put prestigious masterpieces in the spotlight once again.
19 Faberge eggs are in Russia, including the nine Easter eggs bought by tycoon Viktor Vekselberg in 2004 for $900 million (USD).
(SOUNDBITE) Metals tycoon Viktor Vekselberg saying (Russian):
"We have been working on this for more than 10 years, hoping that the work we did would end up as a museum. It seems the result is very interesting."
Most of the Faberge treasures were sold by the Bolsheviks as they swept to power in the October Revolution of 1917 that led to the founding of the Soviet Union.
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