Kieran McCarthy of London jeweler Wartski said the scrap metal
dealer, who wished to remain anonymous, bought the gold egg for $13,302
from an antiques dealer about a decade ago and had planned to melt it
down and sell the metal, but the project was put on hold when he was
unable to find a buyer, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.
McCarthy said the egg stayed in the man's home until a night in 2012 when he decided to Google "egg" and "Vacheron Constantin," the name etched on the timepiece inside the egg.