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$33 million Faberge Egg discovered by scrap metal dealer
upi ^ | March. 19, 2014

Posted on 03/20/2014 8:01:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono

LONDON, 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.

The man discovered a Telegraph article from earlier that year that included an interview with McCarthy and a picture of the egg in his possession.

"He saw the article and recognized his egg in the picture. He flew straight over to London -- the first time he had ever been to Europe -- and came to see us. He hadn't slept for days," McCarthy said. "He brought pictures of the egg and I knew instantaneously that was it. I was flabbergasted -- it was like being Indiana Jones and finding the Lost Ark."

McCarthy said he flew to the United States and verified the egg.

"I examined it and said, 'You have an Imperial Faberge Easter Egg.' And he practically fainted. He literally fell to the floor in astonishment," he said.

The egg, created by Carl Faberge for Tsar Alexander III in 1887, was purchased by Wartski on behalf of a Faberge collector.

McCarthy said the scrap dealer is "petrified" of his newfound wealth becoming public knowledge.

"He's from another world entirely. It's a world of diners and pick-up trucks, real blue-collar America, and he and his partner are still stunned by all this," he said. "When I saw them in January, they hadn't moved out but they were going to, although I think it was just to a bigger house around the corner. They've also bought a new car."


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History
KEYWORDS: fabergeegg; godsgravesglyphs; kieranmccarthy; mythmaking; scrapmetal; skepticalstory; tenyearslater; wartski
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1 posted on 03/20/2014 8:01:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I never have that kind of luck!


2 posted on 03/20/2014 8:03:23 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: JoeProBono

Uh, shut up! Geez, it’s almost like lettin’ it out that you tripped over some cans full of gold coins or somethin’. SHHHHHHH!


3 posted on 03/20/2014 8:04:30 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: JoeProBono

I don’t believe this story in the way it was told. Why would ANYONE want to melt down that (obviously) high end clock? It says that the owner is a ‘scrap metal dealer’. Surely he knows better than that.


4 posted on 03/20/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JoeProBono
McCarthy said the scrap dealer is "petrified" of his newfound wealth becoming public knowledge.

He's right to be. IRS agents are probably repelling down onto his roof from black helicopters as we speak.

5 posted on 03/20/2014 8:07:23 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: afraidfortherepublic


6 posted on 03/20/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Tacky thing, ain’t it?


7 posted on 03/20/2014 8:12:57 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: skeeter


8 posted on 03/20/2014 8:13:17 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: humblegunner


9 posted on 03/20/2014 8:15:59 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No kidding. Nobody with a brain pays 13K for an old egg clock with lots of gold and melts it down without at least checking for antique value.


10 posted on 03/20/2014 8:25:13 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: JoeProBono

A very white porcelain Buddha-Jesus sitting in a lotus position, but it’s also a lamp and a clock with Roman numerals? What a find. It’s like some sort of weird Unitarian lamp, but Jesus wouldn’t be white and it would be less touristy-kitkat, lol. They may not believe specifically in much, but Unitarians do concern themselves greatly with the aesthetics of it all. He is wearing a clerical robe, so maybe Episcopalian? Naaah, they’d run screaming away from anything remotely so tacky. Who else could it be, then? They’d have to revel in golden doo-dads of questionable origin and all the mixed messages would have to go completely over their heads.


11 posted on 03/20/2014 8:28:23 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: JoeProBono

Melt that down?

There are times when I have to remind myself what lurks on the other end of the IQ Bell curve...


12 posted on 03/20/2014 8:28:36 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Tre Norner eg ber, binde til rota...)
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To: JoeProBono

Just DAMN.....

Do these people not know how to keep their dammed mouths SHUT when they find something valuable?!?! Is it THAT HARD to just not say anything?

Now, he’ll be LUCKY if it stops at the government only wanting THEIR piece of the action. I’m SURE there will be a few other associated taxes and fees that go along with such a find, and this isn’t considering all of the people coming out of the woodwork claiming ownership of it, whether right or not, it could get tied up in court for God knows how long, with the legal expenses that go along with it.

If it totally works out the wrong way, rather than being wealthier, he’ll end up with no money in his pocket and a headache.


13 posted on 03/20/2014 8:29:33 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: JoeProBono

I know someone who has a lamp like that. But it’s Elvis and not Jesus.


14 posted on 03/20/2014 8:30:23 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: KoRn

Maybe Vlad will demand it be repatriated to Russia and everybody except Vlad ends up empty handed. ;>} Russian historical artifact don’t cha know.


15 posted on 03/20/2014 8:32:05 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: EQAndyBuzz


16 posted on 03/20/2014 8:37:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

The United States Government will seize this, and return it to the ‘rightful owners’.... them.


17 posted on 03/20/2014 8:47:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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18 posted on 03/20/2014 8:58:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: left that other site

I figure my time will come, about five minutes after I give my last breath.


19 posted on 03/20/2014 9:07:08 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: JoeProBono

Expect Putin’s goons to show up soon demanding it back.


20 posted on 03/20/2014 9:08:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

Who says that the Feds won’t do this again.If I owned gold I would’nt notify the Feds thats for sure because your Gold won’t be yours for long.


21 posted on 03/20/2014 9:13:52 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: JoeProBono
Ahem, a bit too ornate for my taste...................
22 posted on 03/20/2014 9:16:33 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I don’t really believe it either. You can tell just by looking that this is no ‘ordinary’ piece.


23 posted on 03/20/2014 9:16:53 AM PDT by sheana
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To: The Cajun


24 posted on 03/20/2014 9:21:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Absolutely beautiful. I sometimes think of all the beautiful art/objects/buildings built because someone loved beauty and had the money to commission/pay for the the expressions of that appreciation. Our world is richer for it. IMHO


25 posted on 03/20/2014 9:21:20 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I agree. It sounds like a fake story. One thing I have learned from watching Storage Wars is that even stupid people can smell money. No way this guy got the egg for $13k unless it was stolen and on the black market. Now, the rightful owner and the gubmint will be all over this.


26 posted on 03/20/2014 9:32:06 AM PDT by gr8eman (But thermodynamics is just a social construct, created by the ruling white power structure)
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To: Free Vulcan

In our house, anything I’m not guarding under lock and key, may be trashed at any moment, if it’s in the way, or lacks perceived “fung shway” value....

(do you really think I care whether I spelled that correctly?)


27 posted on 03/20/2014 9:32:32 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

BTTT!................


28 posted on 03/20/2014 10:09:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He was looking at the gold value, not the artistic or historic value..................


29 posted on 03/20/2014 10:10:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: JoeProBono

Why didn’t he take it to the Pawn Stars?


30 posted on 03/20/2014 10:11:05 AM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: JoeProBono

I needed a 10 pound bar of solid copper for a project,paid $65 for it on Ebay, thats a fact, but the one they sent me is a lighter color and weighs more it seems to me, oh well, I will just use it as a door stop.


31 posted on 03/20/2014 10:13:15 AM PDT by Spartan302
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To: JoeProBono

I wonder how long it will take the Russians to claim it a stolen treasure?......................


32 posted on 03/20/2014 10:16:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It also says, “He’s from another world entirely. It’s a world of diners and pick-up trucks, real blue-collar America, and he and his partner are still stunned by all this,” he said. “When I saw them in January, they hadn’t moved out but they were going to, although I think it was just to a bigger house around the corner. They’ve also bought a new car.”

If he had $13K to throw away without a thought for a decade. He probably could afford to eat at an upscale restaurant.

The story is probably about 10% accurate.


33 posted on 03/20/2014 10:17:13 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Red Badger

Faberge eggs become symbols of power in new Russia

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-22956394


34 posted on 03/20/2014 10:17:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: gr8eman

The Russian government will claim stolen treasure rights and want Obozo to confiscate it...................


35 posted on 03/20/2014 10:17:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Straight Vermonter

That may just be a ‘Cover Story’..................


36 posted on 03/20/2014 10:18:12 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“I don’t believe this story in the way it was told. Why would ANYONE want to melt down that (obviously) high end clock? It says that the owner is a ‘scrap metal dealer’. Surely he knows better than that.”

It doesn’t say “Faberge” on it and IMO is one of the uglier pieces.

If I saw it, I’d think it was valuable. Maybe double the scrap value. But I’d never think it was $30 Mil valuable.


37 posted on 03/20/2014 10:19:41 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Jonty30

yeah..that is usually the way it works with me too.


38 posted on 03/20/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: G Larry
In our house, anything I’m not guarding under lock and key, may be trashed at any moment, if it’s in the way, or lacks perceived “fung shway” value....

I didn't realize you were married to my sister. Small world...

39 posted on 03/20/2014 11:01:21 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: JoeProBono

Oh, this kind of thing happens to me all the time. ALL the time. Yeah.


40 posted on 03/20/2014 11:06:45 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Why would ANYONE want to melt down that (obviously) high end clock?”

i would have,for the gold, it’s a useless piece of antique crap!

Anything I haven’t used in 6 months goes in the trash.


41 posted on 03/20/2014 11:08:11 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Well, then you would have lost more than $32 million. The gold and jewels wouldn’t have brought $1 million at their highest prices.

The scrap dealer paid $13,000+ for it in the first place.

May I take out your trash?


42 posted on 03/20/2014 12:05:44 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The thing is a piece of junk, if it even works you probably would have to wind to make it work!


43 posted on 03/20/2014 12:08:06 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Red Badger; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Even more rare are the Faberge omelets. Thanks RB!

44 posted on 03/20/2014 4:50:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JoeProBono

Was the antiques dealer legit?


45 posted on 03/20/2014 4:54:36 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: JoeProBono

I’m sorry, but that thing does nothing for me. Call me a philistine.

As to the scrap metal dealer’s “partner”, what’s up with that?


46 posted on 03/20/2014 4:59:51 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: skeeter

Well, let’s hope he can repel the IRS agents should they decide to rappel onto his roof.


47 posted on 03/20/2014 5:02:21 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Bigg Red

I try to learn something new about the english language every day. And there it is.


48 posted on 03/20/2014 5:06:42 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SunkenCiv


49 posted on 03/20/2014 5:23:33 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: dalereed

I dunno.
Guess I'm more of a lEgg man.

50 posted on 03/20/2014 6:01:50 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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