A RARE Faberge cigarette case is expected to fetch more than £15,000 at a Coventry auction next week. The 18-carat gold case was made by the world famous Russian jewellery firm some time between 1880 and 1917.
It comes in an original cedarwood box and is being sold by Warwick Auctions, in Queen Victoria Road, on Wednesday. Auctioneer Chris Burns, who has been in the trade for 30 years, said: “It’s very, very, rare.
“These come up for auction only at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London – no Faberge has gone through here since the 1940s.
“The estimate is £10,000 to £15,000, but it could fetch a lot more. I’ve never seen one like it.”
The case is part of a large collection of Russian gold and silver being sold by a mystery seller from Coventry and Warwickshire.
© Coventry Telegraph. 30 March, 2012