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US Collector Buys up Finnish Fabergé Objects

An American collector bought all six Fabergé items offered at the Bukowski auction house on Thursday.

Timanteilla koristellun, balusterinmuotoisen hajuvesipullon hinta liki kolminkertaistui 35 000 eurosta 102 000 euroon. Image: Bukowskis

The Seattle-based buyer spent the most on a perfume bottle, which sold for 102,000 euros, many times its minimum asking price of 35,000 euros.

Created in St Petersburg - largely by Finnish artisans - about a century ago, the10.5 centimetre high glass bottle is decorated with white enamel and diamonds.

The other Fabergé objets d'art sold included a photo frame, a doorbell and various small containers.

At the Bukowski auction on Wednesday, the State of Finland bought the painting 'Red Apples' by Helene Schjerfbeck for 400,000 euros. Another Schjerfbeck painting, 'Marsh Tea', was bought by a private Helsinki art foundation for 340,000 euros. An export ban had been placed on both works.

The two-day auction reaped some 3.2 million euros.

Sources: YLE

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