Parmy Olson, 11.28.07
“For 10 minutes late Wednesday morning, a jam-packed sale room at Christie’s auction house in London was silent. The race was on for lot No. 55, a translucent, pink Faberge egg. There was one bidder in the room and four on the phone.
It was the gentleman in the room that won the egg for the record-setting price of $18.5 million. Christie’s is saying only that the winner of the enamel-and-gold egg, which had been in the Rothschild banking family for more than a century, was a “private Russian client.”