New York is a one-of-a-kind type of place. It’s no wonder that us city dwellers are so drawn towards the unique and the rare. Who can forget the colorful Cows that decorated our city in 2000 or The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, in Central Park, in 2005?
This year, we have been graced with Fabergé’s Big Egg Hunt, which consists of hundreds of individually created eggs by the world’s leading artists, designers and creatives. Participating egg artists include Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, Zaha Hadid, Marc Quinn, Bruce Weber and Peter Beard. There are also eggs by style icons such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg.
New Yorkers (and visitors) are encouraged to track down the decorative eggs using The Big Egg Hunt app. Participants will all be eligible to win one of three specially designed Fabergé egg pendants, which consist of gold. diamonds and colored stones. Each necklace has a value of more than $46,000. (You can also purchase these pendants at the Fabergé Madison Avenue boutique.)
The best part of this event, however, is that all the artistically designed eggs are being auctioned off through Southeby’s and a corresponding online auction on Paddle8. All proceeds from the egg sales will benefit Elephant Family and Studio in a School.
Right now, the online egg auction is already attracting substantial bids. The Jeff Koons egg is up to $360,000, the Zaha Hadid egg is up to $31,000 and the last Ralph Lauren egg bid was $5000. Do you think the Koons egg will hit $1 million? The artist’s orange balloon dog sold for $58.4 million last year. Considering, $1 million for the egg could be a steal.
We encourage you to watch the auction as many eggs haven’t been big on at all. Starting bids are just $500. This can be a great opportunity to purchase a truly one-of-a-kind New York experience and help others. The auction closes on April 22.
Take note, that all of the eggs will be brought together to display at Rockefeller Center (The Nest) from April 22 to April 25. We are sure that it will be quite a unique experience to see all of the eggs together in once place before they go to their respective homes. (Click on the jump link to see 15 of our favorite egg photos, with NY as the backdrop, of course. Which is your favorite?)