Tsar's long-lost jewellery to sell for £1m



2015-06-26 11:38:05

Tsar's long-lost jewellery to sell for 1m

Faberge items, cufflinks and cigarette boxes of fallen Tsar Nicholas II are discovered in Sweden after 91 years

A collection of jewellery that belonged to the family of Russia's last ever Tsar has been found after 91 years, according to Bloomberg.

The items of Tsar Nicholas II- including many by the renowned House of Faberg - have been stashed away in a Swedish government archive, and will be auctioned at Sotheby's in London in November.

The collection includes jewellery-encrusted cigarette boxes and cufflinks, and was deposited by Maria Pavlovna, aunt of Russia's last tsar Nicholas II at the Swedish Embassy, St Petersburg, following the 1918 Russian Revolution.

Overall, the objects - which including 100 cigarette boxes - are thought to be worth around 1m, Sofia Stroem, a spokeswoman at Sotheby's, Stockholm, told Arcadja art magazine.

"Unknown for generations until their recent rediscovery, the objects - some of which still contain evidence of use by the Romanovs - truly evoke the grandeur and sublime taste of their original owners," said Marcus Linell of Sotheby's in a statement.

The most expensive cigarette boxes may bring as much as 90,000, while a pair of cufflinks could sell for as much as 6,000, according to Sotheby's estimates.

The cheapest cigarette boxes may sell for as little as 700, while the cheapest cufflinks may bring as little as 80, said the auction house.

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