One of the eggs: designed by Mr. Brainwash, the moniker of Los Angeles-based filmmaker and pop artist Thierry Guetta ©Charlie Clift


LONDON - Londoners have been delighted and enchanted throughout the past few months by The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, which has seen giant eggs designed by artists and celebrities dotted around the city.


Thirty of these uniquely designed eggs were auctioned and it was an absolute privilege as not only are they exquisite pieces of art, but they raised over £667,000 for the charities Elephant Family and Action for Children. The eggs in question were designed by the likes of Marc Quinn, Mary Katrantzou, Sir Peter Blake, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Benjamin Shine and Zaha Hadid, while the jewel in the crown of the evening was a 127 carat emerald and gold egg pendant ‘Le Collier Plume d’Or’ created by Fabergé, which fetched £70,000.


The star studded event, hosted by Mark Shand, founder of Elephant Family, and Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children, saw lively bidding between guests such as Tom Parker Bowles, Nick Candy and Holly Valance, Richard Caring, James Caan, Marc Quinn, Polly Morgan and Nicky Haslam.


The remaining eggs will now be offered in an online auction and all 210 in the Great Egg Hunt will be displayed together in Covent Garden over the Easter period. I am sure the eggs will bring much joy to their new owners for many years to come, and become real collector’s items in the future.