LONDON – The Rothschild Faberge egg sold Nov. 28 at Christie’s for $18.5 million, a record price for a Russian object (not including paintings) at auction, for a work of art by Faberge at auction, and for any timepiece (clock or watch) at auction.
The egg is one of only 12 recognized examples known to have been made to Imperial standards for anyone other than the Russian Imperial Family. It had never been seen in public and was exhibited by Christie’s in London, Moscow, Paris, Geneva and New York leading up to the sale. The winning bidder was a private Russian client in the salesroom.
“This is one of the most exciting moments of my 40 years at Christie’s,” said Anthony Philips, the firm’s international director of silver and Russian works of art.
The Rothschild Faberge Egg is the only example of Imperial standards to have remained in the same family since its commission. In total, 50 eggs were made and delivered to the Russian Imperial family, but not all survive.
The previous record for a Russian object was established when the Faberge Winter Egg sold at Christie’s New York in 2002 for $9.57 million.
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