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Your money: TREASURE HUNTERS FOCUS ON: Faberge eggs; TV's JAMES BREESE on the amazing world of antiques and collectables.

Byline: JAMES BREESE

Instant Expert

DID you know the greatest Easter egg hunt in the world is still on the go! If you know your history, or have dreamed of becoming fabulously wealthy, then read on - several of the most prized eggs are still out there waiting to be found.

Breese's Basics

THE eggs are the handiwork of Peter Carl Faberge of St Petersburg. The House of Faberge supplied works of art to the Imperial Russian court. To mark his 20th wedding anniversary in 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the Hen Egg and began an annual Easter tradition which lasted until the Russian Revolution.

How Much?

THERE were only 50 Imperial Eggs ever known to have been made. The last may have been the supposed Twilight Egg made just before the revolution. However eight of the Imperial Eggs are still lost. It is simply impossible to value these but you are looking at millions of pounds each.

The Real Deal

ONE of the finest eggs is the Coronation Egg of 1897, pictured. It measures just 5ins in length and was made from varicoloured gold, diamonds, rubies and other precious metals. An estimate of pounds 10million-plus wouldn't be out of line. It now belongs to a Russian businessman.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2005
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