Faberge eggs returns back to Russia
50 unique easter eggs was made from 1885 to 1917 by Charles Faberge and its masters.
They was created under the order of the imperial house of Romanovs.
After 1917 the part of the collection has been lost, another part - sold out by Bolsheviks, and - under the below cost prices. 10 copies are stored at the Armory Museum, 5 copies are in foreign private collections, 18 - at various museums of the world. The destiny of 8 more eggs is unknown, they are considered lost.
Eventually the repayment and repatriation of an expensive collection were incured by Viktor Vekselberg,
who created special fund for the purpose.
As a result, at 2004 auction lot, estimated approximately to be $ 120,000,000, was removed from auction because of the collection was redeemed even before the declared auction - for higher price.
Collection belonged to Forbes family.
Among articles redeemed from "Sothebys" - the first easter egg of Faberge, the "Hen", presented by emperor Alexander III in 1885 to empress Maria Fedorovne. In the same collection - eggs "Crowning" (1897), " the Valley of lilies " (1898) and " Fifteenth anniversary * (1911), presented by emperor Nikolas II to empress Alexandra.
Forbes family collection will be transported back to Russia and exposed for a general public.
It is supposed to show collection not only at Moscow and St.-Petersburg, but also in other cities, in particular - at Ekaterinburg, where the life of last Russian emperor and its family was taragically broken.