Easter is tomorrow.
It’s the most sacred day on the Christian calendar, and it is celebrated all over the world.
The religious side of Easter celebrates the death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the secular side is all candy, new clothes, and a big fat dinner with grandma!
Russian Czars, Alexander III and Nicholas II, celebrated Easter by presenting their spouses and mothers with Fabulous Fabergé eggs.
About 60 eggs were made, 50 of them for the Russian Imperial Family. Of those 50, 43 have survived and are either in the Kremlin or in private collections.
When the Russian revolution came about and the Czar and his family were murdered, the House of Fabergé was nationalized by the Communist government and the Fabergé family high tailed it to Switzerland.
The first egg, known as the Hen egg was commissioned from Peter Carl Fabergé by Czar Alexander III for his mother in 1885.
After the revolution, the palaces of the Romanov family were looted and all the valuables taken to the Kremlin on the orders of Lenin.
The eggs are housed all over the world and owned by many different people. There are eggs in England, Switzerland, Russia, Monaco, New York City, Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Most of the eggs are now in private collections. Seems Stalin needed currency, and after realizing the value of the eggs, he sold a few.
Imperial eggs have a higher value than non-Imperial eggs. A recent find by a scrap metal dealer may possibly net him $33 million!
I looked around the attic. There were none.
I will be celebrating my Easter with the most valuable egg of all, Cadbury. And peeps, of course!