Faberge Eggs are among some of the most expensive pieces of art in the world, today Vidello Productions is taking a look at 10 of the most expensive Faberge Eggs in the world.
The Rosebud Faberge Egg
The Rosebud egg is a jewelled enamelled Easter egg made by Michael Perchin under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Faberge in 1895, for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented the egg to his wife.
The egg opens like a boutonniere to reveal a yellow-enamelled rosebud, in which the two surprises were originally contained. The surprises are missing, but they were a golden crown, with diamonds and rubies, and cabochon ruby pendant.
In 2004 it was sold as part of the most expensive Forbes Collection for over $100 million dollars but is thought to be worth around $4 Million as a single entity.
The Hen Faberge Egg
The First Hen Egg or Jewelled Hen Egg is a Tsar Imperial Faberge egg, the first in a series of fifty-four jewelled eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian Imperial family.
The crafting of the first Imperial egg is attributed to Erik Kollin of Faberge’s workshop and the egg is made of gold, completely coated with opaque white enamel to look like a real egg shell.
The two halves open to reveal a gold yolk with a matte finish, containing a varicoloured gold hen with ruby eyes which also revealed a diamond and gold crown which contained a ruby pendant.
Both surprises are now missing however the egg is still estimated to be worth a cool $6 Million Dollars
The Order of St George Faberge Egg
The Order of St. George egg is a jewelled enamelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1916 for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented the egg to his mother.
Made during World War I the Order of St. George egg commemorates the Order of St. George and its counterpart the Steel Military egg were given a modest design, in keeping with the austerity of World War I.
This egg was part of the collection sold to a Russian buyer for $100 Million dollars and is valued individually at somewhere in the region of $7 Million Dollars.
The Winter Faberge Egg
We are getting into the more famous eggs now and the winter egg is not to be sniffed at. The egg left Russia after the Revolution, and ended up in the collection of Mr. Brian Ledbrooke, Esq.
It was first sold at auction in 1994 at Christie’s in Geneva for $5.6 million, the world record at that time for a Faberge item sold at auction.
The egg sold for US$9.6 million in an auction at Christie’s in New York City in 2002.
It was reported that the buyer was Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar.
Fifteenth Anniversary Faberge Egg
This egg is made of gold, green and white enamel, decorated with diamonds and rock crystal. The surface is divided into eighteen panels set with 16 miniatures.
The Faberge eggs design commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the coronation of Nicholas II on 26 May 1896 and was a gift for the wife of Tsar Nicolas II.
Once again this egg was purchased by our rich Russian collector and has a lone value of around, but not confirmed, $12 Million Dollars.
Lillies of The Valley Faberge Egg
Coming in at number 5 is the Lillie’s of The Valley Egg which is one of the two eggs in the Art Nouveau style.
The Faberge egg is covered in pearls and topped with rose pink enamel on a guilloche field. The egg is supported by cabriolet legs of green-gold leaves with rose-cut diamond dewdrops.
The gold-stemmed lilies have green enamelled leaves and flowers made of gold set with rubies, pearls, and diamonds.
It comes as no surprise that the owner of this egg is the billionaire Russian collector however the egg alone is worth $13 Million Dollars
The Orange Tree Faberge Egg
Also known as the Bay Tree Egg, The Orange Tree Egg was made in 1911 and is based on an 18th-century French mechanical orange tree.
In 1917 the egg was confiscated by the Russian Provisional Government and moved to the Kremlin where it was later sold to Emanuel Snowman around 1927.
Turning a tiny lever disguised as a fruit, hidden among the leaves of the bay tree, activates the hinged circular top of the tree and a feathered songbird rises and flaps its wings, turns its head, opens its beak and sings.
The egg now resides in Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia and has a total estimated solo worth of around $15 Million Dollars
The Coronation Faberge Egg
The egg is made from gold with translucent lime yellow enamel on a guilloché field of starbursts and is in reference to the cloth-of-gold robe worn by the Tsarina at her Coronation.
It is trellised with bands of greenish gold laurel leaves mounted at each intersection by a gold Imperial double-headed eagle enamelled opaque black, and set with a rose diamond on its chest. This pattern was also drawn from the Coronation robe worn by the Empress.
The Faberge eggs was made in 1897 and fitted inside a velvet-lined compartment is a precise replica, less than four inches long, of the Eighteenth-century Imperial coach that carried Tsarina Alexandra to her coronation.
Estimates on price put this egg in the region of $18 Million Dollars.
The Rothschild Faberge Egg
In second place, this pink egg is a favourite among Russians for its spectacular design and was created in 1902.
On 8 December 2014, the Rothschild egg was given to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
This occurred during a reception to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the museum however tt has been reported that Ivanov donated the egg to the Russian government in 2014 due to some serious tax issues.
It is one of the few eggs that was not made for the Russian Imperial family, and it had been in the Rothschild family since it was first purchased. It was one of the most expensive eggs that Faberge had ever made and sold.
In total it is thought to be worth up to $25 Million Dollars in today’s money.
The Third Imperial Faberge Egg
Its the grand daddy of them all and was made in 1887 and subsequently lost years later until it showed up in a flea market in the United states.
The Faberge eggs quickly made headlines across the world and was later sold to a private collector for an undisclosed price.
The price was later revealed to be around $33 Million dollars in part due to its little known status in the world of the Faberge collection, making this officially the most expensive egg in the world.