1897 Coronation Faberge Egg
- 3.5'' (H) X 2.5'' (W)
- Pewter, Crystals, Enamel
- 1 lb 2 oz
The Coronation Egg from 1897 is the most famous and celebrated of Carl Peter creations.
It was made to honor the Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra coronation ceremony. The surprise concealed in the egg is a removable replica of the Imperial coach used by Alexandra on her entry into Moscow to her coronation at the Uspensky Cathedral.
The egg was displayed in the Empress' apartment at the Winter Palace. Upon the fall of the Romanov dynasty, the egg was confiscated by the Provisional Government in 1917. It was then dispatched to the Kremlin and finally transferred to the Sovnarkom in 1922 for sale.
The official selling price of the Coronation Egg to Vekselberg was never publicly disclosed by Sotheby's, fueling much speculation. However, CNN reported the day after the sale that "...it was a very serious offer that the Forbes family accepted." The price of the Coronation Egg was estimated at $24 million.