$33 million Faberge Egg discovered by scrap metal dealer

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    LONDON, March 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. scrap metal dealer intending to melt down an ornament for its gold was shocked to discover it was a $33 million Faberge egg, a British expert said.
    Kieran McCarthy of London jeweler Wartski said the scrap metal dealer, who wished to remain anonymous, bought the gold egg for $13,302 from an antiques dealer about a decade ago and had planned to melt it down and sell the metal, but the project was put on hold when he was unable to find a buyer, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.

    McCarthy said the egg stayed in the man's home until a night in 2012 when he decided to Google "egg" and "Vacheron Constantin," the name etched on the timepiece inside the egg.


    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2014/03...etal-dealer/UPI-74331395259208/#ixzz2wXcQv4GG
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    One of the more crazy parts of this to me is that a $33 million dollar item sat in his house for 10 years. I hope it was at least in a safe or something.

    I also like this part from the linked Telegraph article.

    The egg has several scratches on it where the metal was tested for its gold content by prospective buyers.​
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    Lol... It's like having a $500+million dollar lottery ticket on your refrigerator for a few months before finally seeing it after several parties.
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    No wonder the mom went straight to the egg at the end of "Risky Business."
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    Lol... Too funny.

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