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Sunday, October 7, 2007


The news item that an egg would be auctioned off at Christie’s on November 28 for about 18 million dollars stunned me. What kind of an egg was that?

According to Kate Schuman of the Associated Press in London, "this pink enamel-and-gold egg is one of only a dozen Faberge eggs, which has been designed to the highest standards for clients other than Russia's ruling family. It has been in the Rothschild banking family since 1902. The Rothschild egg was an engagement gift by Edouard's sister Beatrice Ephrussi to Edouard de Rothschild and Germaine Halphen, who married in 1905. The egg contains a diamond-set cockerel that pops up every hour and flaps its wings, nods its head, and opens and closes its beak. It will go on sale Nov. 28 at Christie's in London, where it may fetch from $12 million to $18 million. If it reaches the top price, it will break the existing record for a Russian artwork, the $9.6 million paid for a Faberge egg in New York in April 2002."

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