Lost Fabergé egg to go on display in London for first time in a century

A lost Faberge egg crafted for Emperor Alexander III of Russia is to go on show for the first time in 112 years.

The decorative egg, made from gold and studded with diamonds and sapphires, was bought by an American who intended to melt it down for scrap. Fortunately he realised its value and saved it from the melting pot.

The three inch high egg was made by Peter Carl Fabergé as a gift for Empress Maria Feodorovna for Easter 1887, according to Reuters.

The unidentified American man bought the egg for just $14,000, and planned to sell it for scrap, but was unable to find a buyer. After researching the egg on the internet, he realised he might have found the lost egg.

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London firm Wartski, which specialises in Fabergé pieces bought the egg for an unnamed collector who has given permission for it to go on show at the Wartski showroom near Bond street.

“For the art historical community and for the Fabergé world, I think we had to say that it was found. It’s like finding a missing Rembrandt and you didn’t tell anybody,” Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski, told Reuters.

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“It may disappear again and may not be seen for, who knows - I would not be surprised if it didn’t come out for another 112 years,” he said.

In keeping with all of Fabergé’s eggs, this one contains a “surprise”. The egg opens to reveal a lady’s watch made by Vacheron Constantin with diamond-set gold hands and a white enamel face.

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