Smoking is injurious to health, but it definitely doesn’t seem to go out of style! Last week, Sotheby’s saw a massive bidding for imperial cigarette cases which were once owned by the royal family of Russia. These exquisite smoking accessories fetched the auction house close to $11.6millions, which is over seven times the estimated value. A bejeweled Fabergé imperial cigarette case earned twelve times it estimated value at over $1.02millions.
Another cigarette case gifted by Emperor Nicholas II to his wife Alexandra earned over $1million. A Fabergé silver, enamel, and seed pearl charka made in 1911 in Moscow earned approximately $65,000. Snuff boxes, cuff links, and other valuables of the last royal Russian rulers were some of the other items that went under the hammer.