Scrap dealer’s bargain turns out to be Faberge egg


LONDON (AP) — A London antique dealer says a gold ornament bought by an American scrap-metal dealer has turned out to be a rare Faberge egg worth millions.

Kieran McCarthy of Wartski said Wednesday the egg was purchased at a Midwestern antique fair for about $14,000.

The buyer only began to suspect its value after seeing an article about the 50 imperial Faberge Easter eggs made for Russian royalty. He contacted McCarthy, who verified it and negotiated its sale to a collector.

Both buyer and seller want to remain anonymous, and Wartski did not disclose the sale price.

In 2007, a Faberge egg sold at Christie’s for $18.5 million.

The egg, containing a Vacheron Constantin watch, was an 1887 Easter gift from Czar Alexander III to his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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