A pink Faberge Egg has sold at Christie’s in London for around 9 million pounds or 18 million US dollars. It’s an egg-cellent result for the Rothschild banking family that owned it, but an egg-spensive little egg for the Russian tycoon that bought it! (sorry, I couldnt help myself)
Faberge Egg Goes Back To Its Nest
What makes Faberge eggs so special? “They’re almost a myth,” said Philips. “There’s a terrific romance associated with them, initially with the Russian Revolution. The workmanship of the Rothschild egg is simply extraordinary.. the gold work, the wonderful pink enamel. Every aspect of it was just fantastic.”
Each Faberge egg took up to a year to create and required the skills of several hundred craftsmen. Forbes (The Forbes family used to have the largest private collection of Faberge Eggs, before selling all nine of them in 2004)
They are well crafted little things, but I have never understood why they are so important. It must be the historical importance to Russia that makes Faberge Eggs so valuable.
PBS has some information on the history of Faberge Eggs online.. “In the harsh light of historical hindsight, the Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs can be seen as nothing more than the frivolous indulgences of a decadent monarchy. But stripped of revolutionary ideology, they endure simply as fragile mementos of the doomed Russian dynasty, each not only an artistic masterpiece, but a remarkable reflection of the joys and achievements of a family at the crossroads of history.” PBS – Treasures of the World