Laid for Queen and Country
Those travelling around London in the last six weeks will have seen many of the 210 giant egg sculptures placed throughout the city and no doubt wondered what they were all about.
On display for the 40 days and nights of Lent, two charities, the Elephant Family and Action for Children, united to raise funds in a project named The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. The organisers charged entrants a small fee to join a hunt that involved finding a keyword on each egg and texting it as an entry. The prize offered to the eventual winner is a Fabergé egg decorated with 60 gemstones, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, worth £100,000.
Basia Briggs pictured with her very own ‘Union Jack’ egg by the entrance to the Saatchi Gallery on the Duke of York Square, SW3
On Tuesday, a party was held to celebrate the project at The Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand where 30 of the eggs were sold. My good friends Richard and Basia Briggs purchased the first lot in the auction, the ‘Union Jack’ egg, for £7,000. The work was the creation of Mark Shand, founder of the Elephant Family and one of the main organisers of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt.
Basia Briggs in a recent photo shoot
Of the purchase, Basia Briggs, who with her husband owns the Hyde Park Stables, commented:
“We are very proud to become the new owners of the egg in such an important year for The Queen, and for London when it hosts the Olympics later this year. This egg indeed represents all that is Great in Great Britain and we shall treasure it.”
Miniatures of the ‘Union Jack’ egg are also available to purchase as limited editions at £350 each
Other eggs include designs by Candy & Candy, Marc Quinn, Sabine Roemer, Linley, Zandra Rhodes, Theo Fennell, Patrick Mavros, Tommy Hilfiger and Sir Ridley Scott and bids for the remaining ones can be placed online.
From the 5th to 9th April all 210 eggs will be on display together in the Covent Garden Piazza. All proceeds go to the Elephant Family and Action for Children charities.
For more information or to bid in The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, go to: http://www.thebigegghunt.co.uk. For more information, contact: