These are the details of an auction that was held in Dec 2009 of FAberge items that had an imperial provenance.
Gold Faberge items lead sale of Russian imperial heirlooms
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Tuesday, 1st December 2009 (3237 views)
A recent sale of heirlooms from Russian imperial history saw several gold items made by Faberge lead the way in terms of price.
The Sotheby's Romanov Heirlooms: The Lost Inheritance of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna auction in London resulted in more than £7 million worth of objects being sold - far surpassing the original estimate of between £600,000 and £900,000.
A 25th Wedding Anniversary Faberge Imperial jewelled four-colour gold cigarette case was the top lot in the auction, selling for £612,250 - more than 12 times its estimate - and setting a new auction record for a Faberge cigarette case in the process.
Meanwhile, another record was set when a Tenth Wedding Anniversary pair of Faberge jewelled gold cufflinks sold for £103,250, more than 20 times its original estimate and a new auction record for a set of cufflinks.
All of the items in the sale belonged to Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess Vladimir, and her late husband, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich, who was the son of Emperor Alexander II and brother of Emperor Alexander III.
"Successful buyers in tonight's sale have, without doubt, acquired a piece of Russian imperial history," commented Olga Vaigatcheva and Darin Bloomquist of Sotheby's.
Faberge is best known for the jewelled eggs it made for the Russian imperial family between 1885 and 1916.