Moscow collector Alexander Ivanov, 45, is negotiating to open a Fabergé Museum in the southwest German city of Baden-Baden this autumn. City officials say discussions are in the early stages for the institution to be housed in the Trinkhalle, a 19th-century spa building. Mr Ivanov is director of the Russian National Museum, a private gallery in Moscow which he says houses a collection of around 3,000 Fabergé pieces. Mr Ivanov is also building a museum in downtown Moscow to house this collection which is set to open in 2010. Most recently, he purchased the 1902 Rothschild Fabergé egg for £9m ($18m) at Christie’s in London, setting a record for the most expensive Russian work of art bought at auction. Mr Ivanov plans to display this piece in the State Historical Museum in Moscow this month.
Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as ‘Russian collector’s Fabergé museum'