The collection at Christie's comprises 160 items and was formed by His Excellency William Kazan, a native of Beirut, whose family originally hailed from central Russia. The star of the sale is the Pine Cone Easter Egg which has an estimated value of $3.5m to $4.5m. The four-inch egg is decorated with blue enamel and festoons of rose-cut diamonds. It opens up to reveal a mahout riding on an elephant which walks along when wound up.
The sale also contains two pieces which belonged to the imperial family. One is a gem-set portrait miniature of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (estimate $8,000 to $10,000). The other is a gold and enamel brooch in a presentation case which records that it was a gift from Nicholas II's mother, Maria Feodorovna ($12,000 to $16,000). The latter belonged, for a time, to Elton John.Reuse content