The £20m Faberge Easter egg that was nearly melted for scrap
A Faberge Easter egg which once belonged to Russian royalty but was feared lost or destroyed is to go on display for the first time in more than 100 years.
A scrap metal dealer in the United States bought the egg for about £8,000 ($14,000) thinking he could melt it down for gold.
It was only after reading a newspaper article that he realised its value; one of just 50 made for the Russian Royal family, it has recently been sold for around £20m.
That article was written by BBC reporter Roya Nikkhah who has taken a close-up look at the egg with Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski.
04 Apr 2014
- From the section Europe