'Lost' $20M egg resurfaces after vanishing 112 years ago
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 01:29
Apr. 8 - A Faberge egg, once belonging to Alexander III, is on show for the first time in London after disappearing from public view over a hundred years ago. Jeanne Yurman reports.
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It's the furthest thing from a chocolate bunny or a marshmallow chick.
This 20 million U.S. dollar Faberge egg is from the Third Imperial Easter Egg collection, which was thought to be lost for over 100 years.
Kieran McCarthy, Director of the London-based antiques dealer Wartski, says it resurfaced in the strangest way.
KIERAN MCCARTHY, DIRECTOR (FABERGE SPECILAIST), WARTSKI SAYING (English):
"Well it literally walked in thorough our front door. This is Wartski, and I was sat at my desk here and in walked a gentleman very very modestly attired, and incredibly nervous also. He walked up to the desk, never said why he was here but he handed me a sheath of photographs. And in these photographs were picture of the Third Imperial Easter Egg. The missing Faberge treasure."
The man had purchased the egg in the U.S. for $14,000 at a bric-a-brac market.
Now owned by a private collector, it was first commissioned by Russian Emper-roar Alexander III as a gift in 1887 for his wife for Easter.
The egg was last seen at a 1902 exhibition in St. Petersburg - one of 50 made by Faberge for Russian royalty between the late 19th to early 20th century.
People around the globe have called McCarthy wishing to fly in and see the oval gem in person.
Better hurry up, he says.
After its four-day showing this month, it may disappear for another hundred plus years.
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