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'It was like being Indiana Jones and finding the Lost Ark': Scrap metal dealer discovers £20million Faberge egg at a bric-a-brac stall

  • An unidentified American man bought the golden egg at an antiques sale for $13,000 (£8,000)
  • After researching the piece further he discovered it was a $33M (£20M) Faberge egg
  • Ornamental egg is the third of more than 50 Imperial Easter Eggs designed by Carl Faberge for the Russian Royal Family
  • After the Russian Revolution all the eggs were seized by the Bolsheviks and most were sold to the West
  • Eight of them are missing, of which only three are believed to have survived the revolution – including this one
By Larisa Brown and Joshua Gardner
PUBLISHED: 01:03 GMT, 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:41 GMT, 19 March 2014

When a Midwestern scrap metal dealer spotted the golden egg at a bric-a-brac market, he anticipated a money-making opportunity, but only for the value of its gold and jewels.

He just didn’t realise quite how much he would profit on his $13,300 (£8,000) purchase.

After failing to sell it on because would-be buyers thought it over-priced, the man decided to research the piece further – and discovered he was the owner of a $33 million (£20million) long-lost Faberge egg.



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