Egg Smashes Record
This fabulous bejewelled Easter egg by Karl Fabergé - workmaster Mikhail Perchin - with clock and pop-up cockerel automaton, fetched a world record of £8.9m at Christie's London auction today. The cockerel's cock-a-doodle-doo is decidedly croaky, but still works after more than a century (1902). Four Russian millionaires went at it hammer and tongs to grab the prize, pre-sale estimate £6m to £9m. What a pressie for the girlfriend!