The antique world's 'frantic search' for a lost $32.5m Faberge Imperial Egg



The hunt is on for a missing egg worth up to £20m ($32.5m). Can you help?

Lost for almost 90 years, it's believed that the Fabergé Imperial Egg is now in Britain - sparking a frantic search by experts to track it down.

Other rare Fabergé eggs from the
turn of the 20th century include the
unique Basket of Wild Flowers egg

Art experts have discovered that the egg may have been sold in a 1960s auction held by Parke Bernet of New York. The firm was later acquired by Sotheby's.

According to British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, the ornament featured in the 1964 sale measured three-and-a-quarter-inches with "three medallions cabochon sapphires... with minute diamonds."

Back then, the egg sold for just £875 ($2,450 at the time). Now valued at £20m, the egg is estimated to have grown in value by 23.8% p.a. (compounded) since the 1964 auction.

Adding to the mystery is the fact that the vendor was known only as "Clarke".

The House of Faberge rose to prominence in 1885 when the Tsar commissioned Carl Faberge's jewellers to produce a decorated egg each year as a gift to the Tsarina.

Today, the mystery of the missing Imperial eggs is one of the most captivating stories, not only among Fabergé enthusiasts but also jewellery collectors in general.

Experts believe the egg could still be in the UK as the hobby of collecting Fabergé eggs was a largely British pursuit when the March 1964 egg was auctioned.

Rare Fabergé eggs are among the most iconic Russian jewellery
artefacts - like this collection which is displayed in the Kremlin

However, experts may also need to take into account the liquidity of today's internet-fuelled global markets during their hunt.

The egg also contains a luxury timepiece by Vacheron & Constantin, further adding to the its significance and potential value.

According to documents from the early-1920s, it's thought that the egg was seized by the Bolsheviks following the 1917 Russian Revolution.

But the latest news has quashed previous theories that the egg was forever lost or destroyed.  

Please contact us if you have any information on the missing Fabergé Imperial Egg.

+44 (0) 117 933 9500

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