A Midwest metal dealer purchased a rare gold Faberge egg worth $33 million at an antiques mart. Yes you read that right – the egg is worth $33 million. It gets even better, the metal dealer meant to melt down the egg for scrap!
|$33 Mil Faberge Egg, Photo Credit: www.nydailynews.com|
Luckily, he googled the words “egg” and “Vacheron Constantin,” and found an article on surviving Faberge eggs that quoted Kieran McCarthy, Director of London antique dealer Wartski, and showed a photo of his egg. Google knows all!
McCarthy commented, “[The egg] contained a Vacheron Constantin watch, so [the metal dealer] figured he could sell it slightly above market value.” Purchased from the antique mart for $14,000 he was planning on selling it for $15,000.
|$33 mil Faberge Egg Watch, Photo Credit: www.veooz.com|
McCarthy traveled to the man’s home where he found the egg in the kitchen next to a cupcake (where else?). When he told the metal dealer what he had discovered and he dropped to the floor. That would probably be our first reaction as well, and then of course we would begin drafting a list of future purchases, diamond jewelryobviously included.
|$33 mil Faberge Egg & Cupcake, Photo Credit: www.nydailynews.com|
Wondering just why this egg is so important and worth $33 mil? It is one of the lost Imperial Eggs designed by Carl Faberge. There are 50 imperial eggs in total. The location of 42 eggs is known, but eight are missing. Five are thought to be destroyed, but there are three out there in the world somewhere, well now two (we wouldn’t mind finding one in our Easter basket).
It’s reported the egg has been sold for $33 million to a private collector, although the exact total can’t be confirmed. The collector is allowing the egg to be displayed at Wartski in London from April 14 to April 17, so check it out if you’re in London!
If we could, we would definitely head over to the Wartskiand memorize every detail of that egg. We’re thinking “egg hunt” if you know what we mean…