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Top Ten: Lost Treasures

From glimmering Imperial Russian artefacts to ancient lost cities, these ten treasures are just waiting to be found

Missing booty



In 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé to make a beautiful, bejeweled egg as a gift to his wife Empress Maria. She was so delighted with the gift that the intricate eggs became an annual tradition, and Fabergé was kept on retainer. Alexander’s son, Nicholas II, continued the custom until the outbreak of the Russian Revolution of 1917, during which seven of the original 50 eggs were lost. More eggs were sold by the Soviets to the West in jewellery auctions. However, a scrap metal dealer in the US found one in an antiques shop, so perhaps there’s one lying in your attic somewhere!

Fabergé working on the design for another valuable egg, but would it stay in Russia?
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