Hunt for £20m Easter egg bought by A Stranger

faberge_2880240bIt is the greatest Easter egg hunt in the world — the search for a £20 million   egg.

In 1952, a man walked into the Wartski antique shop just off Bond Street and   spent £1,250 on a Fabergé egg. He paid in cash and was listed as “A   Stranger”.

The Tsar Imperial egg, the Nécessaire Egg, has never been seen again, meaning   that one of the most valuable jewels from Imperial Russia could still be   hidden somewhere in Britain.

“It’s out there,” said Kieran McCarthy, Wartski’s Fabergé specialist, “I just   know it is.”

Only one photograph exists of the egg sold to “A Stranger” in the year that   the Queen ascended the throne. The Nécessaire is made from gold chased with   rocaille in the Louis XV taste and set with precious gemstones. The interior   contains a “surprise of 13 diamond-set toilet article”.


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