A scrap metal dealer came across an antique egg gem at antique sale and had a hunch. The hunch made him a millionaire (though he might have been one already.)
The still unidentified man shelled out ?8000 ($13,204 US) for the egg and did some digging on the origin of the piece. His research left him in shock.
“He discovered he was in fact the owner of a ?20 million missing Faberge egg, dating back to the 19th century. The egg previously belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna and was given to her as an Easter gift from her husband, Emperor Alexander III, in 1877. It is one of the original 50 Imperial Easter Eggs designed for the Russian royal family by Carl Faberge and houses a Vacheron Constantin watch. Only three of the eight missing eggs are believed to have survived including this one that made its way to America’s Mid-West.”
Wartski, an antique dealer based in the UK, bought the historic treasure and will be displaying it in London from April 14-17th.