World’s most valuable collection
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.