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A scrap dealer in the U.S. was intending to melt down an old ornament he bought for $13,302, to sell its gold. Unable to find a buyer, however, he held off on the project for a decade. It turns out the ornament was a $33 million lost Faberge Egg.

The dealer—who wishes to remain anonymous—found out after he decided to Google a name etched into a timepiece inside the egg—"Vacheron Constantin.” He found an article about the egg, and then flew to London to meet with Kieran McCarthy, a jeweler in London. It was the first time he’d ever been to Europe.

There, he showed her pictures of his egg, and learned that the egg he purchased to melt down was an Imperial Faberge Easter Egg, created by Carl Faberge for Tsar Alexander III in 1887. The news almost made him faint.

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