“Good value is egg-shaped,” said the British Egg Marketing Board when it launched its ‘Go to Work on an Egg’ ad campaign in the 1950s.
Now, some 60 years later, Rolls-Royce has set to work on a valuable egg of its own – the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé egg. It’s a little like finding a toy car in a Kinder Surprise, only with less plastic.
It’s also, we suspect, a little more expensive than a Kinder Egg – in 2007, a Fabergé egg that was made for the Rothschild family sold at auction for a world record £8.9 million.
You could buy a few Rollers for that.
This is the first time Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have joined forces, with the commission seen as a “seminal moment for the patron”, who wanted to take the realms of Bespoke personalisation to the next level.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce chief executive, said: “Responding to the continuing demands of patrons in search of unique and cherished possessions, a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg, igniting a fascination that will undoubtedly become one of the most collectable items of modern times.”
‘Surprise and delight’
Stealing an idea from Kinder Surprise – not to mention Fabergé eggs of old – the 400g egg contains a ‘surprise and delight’, in this case, vanes of rose gold encasing the figurine. These vanes, which open via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, are embellished with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds, which you’re unlikely to find inside a chocolate egg.
The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ is hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal, while the purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Fabergé’s heritage. At least, that’s what it says here.
There are many other quotes from the people at Rolls-Royce and Fabergé, containing words like ‘unrivalled’, ‘quality’, ‘design’, ‘special’, ‘proud’, ‘bespoke’ and ‘unique’, along with phrases such as “making history” and “globally recognised”. Sadly, nobody uttered the words ‘omelette’, ‘scrambled’ or ‘poached’.
“Distinguished guests and venerable patrons” will be invited to Goodwood for the premiere of the egg, while the rest of us can peer through the window of Fabergé’s London, where it will be displayed at Christmas.
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