The previous owner planned to melt the egg down, but was not having any luck in finding a buyer, so he just held onto it until his fateful 2012 Google search. He contacted Wartski, a family firm of antique dealers with expertise in Fabergé that was quoted in the Telegraph article. Wartski bought it from him on behalf of an unnamed client. The quoted estimate for the egg was over $30 million in 2011, but it would not surprise us if the finalpaid was significantly higher in order to keep the seller from placing it up for auction. It is a little disappointing that we don’t know the final and buyer, but not unexpected.
The unnamed seller is apparently fearful that word of his discovery will get out. He recently bought a slightly larger house and a new car, but otherwise is apparently staying low key.
The egg will be on display at Wartski (14 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4DE) from April 14 to 17 between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM.