Brief: Russian billionaire’s private Faberge collection to go public

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Viktor Vekselberg paid the Forbes family $100 million to own the famed Faberge eggs, where they will live at the Shuvalovsky Palace on the Fontanka embankment in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo courtesy of Getty.

 

BY MICHELLE NO

Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg’s collection of rare Faberge eggs will be indefinitely loaned to the Shuvalovsky Palace in St. Petersburg starting November 19, and displayed alongside 4,000 exhibits from a historical foundation sponsored by Vekselberg’s company. Vekselberg acquired the eggs from the Forbes family in 2004, and has previously exhibited them in the Vatican. Though he plans on using his St. Petersburg location as his headquarters, he has expressed aspirations of touring the collection around the country.