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Celebrating the Romanovs

Encrusted with more than 3,000 diamonds, the world's most expensive Easter egg is being sold next month. Experts believe it might crack the six million dollar mark at auction. The Winter Egg was produced by Carl Faberge and given by Russian Czar Nicholas II to his mother on the Easter of 1913.

Faberge, jeweller to the Russian Imperial family, designed 50 eggs between 1885 and 1916 for Czars Alexander II and Nicholas II. The Winter Egg is the most precious. . Alexis de Tiesenhausen, head of the Russian Department at Christie's, said the egg marked a special occasion. "1913 was an important year in Russia. It was the commemoration of three centuries of the Romanov Dynasty and all the imperial family was lavished with gifts. And when Easter came up Faberge came up with a far more elaborate egg than he did in the years before.''

Compiled by Nimi Kurian

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