World’s most valu­able col­lec­tion

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US$15.1bil (RM48.8bil), mak­ing him Rus­sia’s fourth rich­est busi­ness­man, ac­cord­ing to Forbes mag­a­zine, which es­ti­mated the value of his art col­lec­tion at US$850mil (RM2.7bil).

Court jew­eller Peter Carl Faberge made around 50 of the eggs. The fam­ily tra­di­tion be­gan in 1885 when Tsar Alexan­der III gave his wife, Maria Fy­o­dor­ovna, a richly jew­elled egg for Easter.

The Bol­she­viks sold many of the eggs abroad to raise money af­ter the Oc­to­ber Rev­o­lu­tion of 1917. Oth­ers were smug­gled out by rel­a­tives of the last tsar’s fam­ily, who were all shot in 1918.

Vek­sel­berg’s col­lec­tion of Faberge ob­jects is rated as one of the world’s most valu­able. When he bought them, the price was not dis­closed, but the col­lec­tion had pre­vi­ously been val­ued at US$90mil (RM290.6mil).

Each room of the mu­seum was mon­i­tored by a se­cu­rity guard at the open­ing.

The mu­seum is sched­uled to open to the pub­lic this month. – AFP Re­laxnews

The craft­man­ship of Faberge eggs is breath­tak­ing.

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