Scrap Metal Find Turns Out to be $33 Million Faberge Golden Egg

Scrap Metal Find Turns Out to be $33 Million Faberge Golden Egg

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A $14,000 jumble sale find turned into millions of dollars for a man who’d been thwarted in his attempts to turn a quick profit by selling the tiny ornament to scrap metal dealers, according to CNN News.

The man, who resides in the Midwest but wishes to remain anonymous, had been left financially stretched after he apparently overestimated what the tiny golden egg would be worth once melted down. He’d been hoping to make $500 only to find out it was worth millions, according to CNN News. Far from being a financial millstone around the scrap metal trader’s neck, it appeared the golden egg might live up to its fairy-tale namesake and avoid the furnace with just a few scratches to assess its gold content.

The man contacted Faberge expert Kieran McCarthy and flew to London to visit McCarthy’s workplace: Wartski Jewelers in Mayfair, where the egg will be displayed to the public, according to NBC News.

“A gentleman had walked in wearing jeans, a plaid shirt and trainers. His mouth was just dry with fear,” McCarthy said, to the extent that he could barely speak. “He handed me a portfolio of photographs, and there was the egg, the Holy Grail of art and antiques.”

Though he had not handled the egg itself, McCarthy said on NBC News, he was “buzzing from top to toe.” He flew to the man’s home to see the object in person and confirmed that it was indeed the Third Imperial.