Next month a Russian businessman and collector will open the world’s first museum dedicated to the Russian Imperial jeweller Fabergé.
Alexander Ivanov had originally planned to show his treasure trove of objets d’art in Moscow but he has chosen, instead, the German spa town of Baden-Baden.
Ivanov, 46, believes his 3000-piece collection is worth about $1.5 billion at today’s prices.
It includes the 1902 Fabergé egg with clock made as an engagement gift to Baron Edouard de Rothschild, bought for £9m at Christie’s in 2007 – he says he has since been offered $40m for it.
The museum opens on May 9 and admission is €20.
Viktor Vekselberg, owner of nine Imperial eggs, who acquired the Malcolm Forbes collection prior to its appearance at auction in 2004, has plans for museums in St. Petersburg and Moscow.