Keep your Cadburys, make mine Fabergé
April 3, 2014 6:26 AM Subscribe
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New York City is hosting the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt
from April 1 - 17.
Using a smartphone app
, you can discover more than 200 works of public art hidden across the five boroughs. Following the hunt, the eggs will be on display at Rockefeller Center for a week prior to being auctioned for charity
. (A prior egg hunt in London
in 2012 raised around £4m.)
The eggs are inspired by the works of Peter Carl Fabergé
), who created intricate jewelry and trinkets (picture frames, cigarette cases, etc.) for wealthy Europeans in the late 19th and early 20th century. He's perhaps best known for the imaginative Easter eggs he created for the Russian royal family from 1885 to 1917. While some eggs were lost after the Revolution, many remain in private
and museum collections throughout the world.
Last month, a scrap metal dealer in the midwest U.S. discovered that the egg he bought at a flea market for $14,000
, intending to melt it down, was actually a lost Romanov treasure valued at more than $20 million.