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Ultimate Easter Egg Not For Eating

April 11, 1990

LONDON (AP) _ The ultimate Easter egg was unveiled Wednesday in London, but it’s not for eating or painting on Easter Sunday.

The egg, valued at $11.5 million, is made from 33 pounds of gold and nearly 20,000 pink diamonds.

It is called the Argyle Library Egg and was commissioned by Argyle Diamonds of Perth, Australia, which markets precious gems.

The 15-inch-hih egg opens electronically to reveal a revolving stand of miniature books and portraits in jeweled cabinets. It sits on a gold and diamond stand nearly as high as the egg itself.

″We don’t know who might be likely to buy it,″ said the egg’s designer, Paul Kutchinsky, who runs a jewelry design business in London.

His team of craftsmen labored more than 7,000 hours over two years to make the egg. Its design was inspired by the Easter egg gifts of the Faberge jewelry-makers for the Russian imperial family before the 1917 revolution.

The Argyle egg will be displayed at a watch and jewelry fair in Basel, Switzerland, April 19-26, and in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum until May 6. After that it will be shown in Tokyo and New York.

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