Don’t rub your eyes….you have read it right this egg is estimated at £6,000,000-9,000,000 ($12 million to $18 million)! Christie’s had announced that they will offer at auction a remarkable discovery, The Rothschild Fabergé Egg for sale on 28th November. Their site reads “The Rothschild Fabergé Egg, signed and dated by Karl Fabergé in 1902, encapsulates every characteristic that defines a true masterpiece; authorship, craftsmanship, provenance, condition and rarity, and we expect this remarkable object to be of profound interest to private collectors and institutions from around the world.” Exceptionally large with brilliantly chased vari-coloured gold work and enamelled in Fabergé’s most exciting and lively color, a lovely translucent pink, its face is a clock and it contains an automaton cockerel. Every hour, the diamond-set cockerel pops up from inside the egg, flaps his wings four times and then nods his head three times while opening and shutting his beak and crowing. Each performance lasts approximately 15 seconds, before the clock strikes the hour on a bell.
The Fabergé Egg is known around the world as one of the most impressive and exclusive works of art ever made.
The Rothschild Fabergé Egg has never been published and has only ever been recorded in private family records. It exemplifies superlative Russian craftsmanship to the international collecting community.